About

This section of the D2N2 ESIF Technical Assistance website is for partners and organisations that have an interest in applying for projects that are supported by the European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF) element of the wider ESIF programme.

The primary aim is to give partners and organisations information that will allow them to understand the nature, range and scope of ERDF opportunities and make them better equipped to successfully contribute to the delivery of D2N2’s strategy for jobs and growth.

ERDF is focused on reducing economic disparities within and between EU member states by supporting economic growth and regeneration and safeguarding jobs.

ERDF can therefore support a range of activities designed to make small to medium sized employers (SMEs) more competitive, develop ICT infrastructure, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support companies to develop and strengthen research and innovation programmes.

 

Funding and Investment Priorities

The ERDF allocation for D2N2 is £98m.

ERDF funding is accessed via a series of national themed bidding calls called Priority Axes and organised by the Department for Communities and Local Government at regular intervals. Funding opportunities are open to a wide range of eligible public, private and community sector delivery partners.

ERDF Priority Axes that apply in D2N2 are as follows for ERDF:

Priority Axis

Description

Allocation

PA1: Research and Innovation

Support for smart specialisation and collaborative research between businesses, research institutions and public institutions

Support for the commercialisation of new products and businesses processes

£18.2m

PA2: Enhancing access to, and use and quality, of ICT

Ensure businesses can benefit from new and emerging ICT to explore new markets and services;

Improving ICT connections and infrastructure 

£12.3m

PA3: Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs

Support businesses to grow by ensuring they can access finance, develop growth strategies and improve productivity.

£34.8m

PA4: Supporting the shift to
a low carbon economy

Support the development of low carbon markets and technologies and help SMEs to adopt energy efficiency measures

£22.6m

PA5: Promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management

Support flood mitigation measures which protect existing employment sites at risk of flooding

£4.9m

PA6: Preserving and protecting the environment and resource efficiency

Support investment in green and blue infrastructure where there are clear links to economic development

£4.7m

 

D2N2 Core Delivery Principles - D2N2 ESIF Programme Board have agreed a set of Core Delivery Principles that define how it considers a good ESIF project should operate - applicants will need to demonstrate how they meet these principles. For more information on the D2N2 Core Delivery Principles please click here

Minimum Application Levels and match funding

European Regional Development Fund investment is intended to make a significant impact on local growth. Applications are expected to demonstrate appropriate scale and impact. As a result, any single project will need to be for a minimum of £500,000 ERDF.

D2N2 is a ‘more developed’ area where applicants to the programme must bring 50% of eligible match. Consequently, projects with a total value of less than £1,000,000 will not be supported.

Applying for ERDF

Guide to the ERDF and ESF Funds - click here.

Lifecycle of a project - click here.

ESIF Funding Finder - click here.

The following programme guidance is available on the GOV.UK website:

Delivering ERDF

The following programme guidance is available on the GOV.UK website:

 

The Gov.UK ESIF useful resources webpage has been updated.  The page provides links to:

*** Please check the GOV.UK website regularly to ensure you are accessing the most up to date guidance documentation.

Grant-funded projects

Click here to see the projects which have received a grant funding agreement and are now live.

Current calls

Click here to view current funding calls.

 

Managing a European funded project

One of the best ways to gain experience of managing European funded projects is to speak to existing or previous recipients of European funds.

Organisations currently funded through the 2014-20 ERDF programme

A list of organisations funded under the 2007-13 ERDF programme that supported business development in the East Midlands can be found below; you may like to approach one or more of them for further information. 

Download a copy of the list of beneficiaries in the East Midlands from the 2007-13 ERDF programme.

 

Get in touch with the team

The D2N2 Technical Assistance Team members for European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

Our team