European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) 2014-20 

The European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) programme in England for the period 2014 to 2020 will focus on “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.”

Activity will be delivered locally through the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  Leeds City Region has been notionally allocated £338 million of ESIF funding to support business growth and create jobs.

The LEP’s ESIF Strategy sets out how the City Region's EU funding allocation will be invested. 

Calls for proposals in Leeds City Region and other areas of the country, are published on the website which also covers eligibility and guidance on applying.

The ESIF programme is funded through European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund (ESF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). 

Match funding of 50% of project costs is required. However some areas of activity will be co-financed by the Department of Work and Pensions, Skills Funding Agency and Big Lottery Fund.


To find out more about ESIF in our City Region go to the European pages of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) website.

You can also use the LCR ESIF Twitter – @ESIF_HW which will be tweeting regular local news, activity, sounding groups, local events, progress etc.


One-to-one support to applicants wishing to apply for either European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and /or European Social Fund (ESF) is available from Sue Caselton, Strategic Programmes Manager, Bradford MDC, telephone 01274 432614, email:

This support is delivered as part of the L-CREATE partnership project, which aims to ensure successful engagement with and delivery of the ESIF programme within the Leeds City Region.  As well as support to applicants, partners will help to raise awareness of the upcoming ESIF opportunities at a local level to ensure maximum engagement with the programme. Support is available to anyone and is free.

A list of L-CREATE partners and their contact details can be found on the LEP website 

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