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The England 2014-20 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme opened for business on Friday 20th March and further details can be seen on the GOV.UK website.

The ESIF Growth programme brings together European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), notionally allocating circa £89m to help grow the Humber’s economy.

ESF funding is specifically designed for projects which help people into work by improving their overall employability and to up-skill the workforce to meet the needs of new business job opportunities. This applies particularly to helping young people between the ages of 16 and 24 years old. Responses to calls for proposals are requested for the following areas of activity in the Humber areas:

  • Sustainable Employment of Young People (up to £1m – pan Humber)
  • Youth Employment Initiative (up to £7m – Hull only)

ERDF funding focuses on helping local companies and organisations become stronger and greener to enable sustainable economic growth. Responses to calls for proposals are requested for the following areas of activity in the Humber areas:

  • Improving Social Housing through green retrofit (up to £8m – pan Humber)
  • Developing an entrepreneurial culture (up to £3.5m – pan Humber)
  • SME Support and co-ordination (up to £1m – pan Humber)
  • Supporting the growth of SME manufacturers (up to £200,000 – pan Humber)
  • Innovation projects (up to £1m – for wider geographic coverage to enable expansion to the Humber area)
  • Technical Assistance to support the Humber LEP area partners develop projects

Full details regarding all of the calls can be seen here:-

Each call has a different deadline with the earliest deadlines at the end of April.

Information events will be held to explore each call and what it means for each area. The details of the application process will be explored including cross LEP applications, eligibility criteria, outputs/results and monitoring and contract management.

Two identical events will be held, the first being on Tuesday 21st April at the Holiday Inn, Hull Marina commencing at 9.30am and finishing with lunch at 12.30pm and the second on Wednesday 22nd April at Forest Pines, Brigg commencing with lunch at 12.30pm. There will be the opportunity to discuss your projects with technical experts.

Isobel Mills, chair of the Humber LEP Area ESIF Local Sub-Committee said:

“It’s great news that the Humber will continue to benefit from European Union money and that the funding allocations advice given by the Local Sub Committee will help to influence fair and sustainable investment decisions to enable the Humber economy to continue to grow”

In previous programme the ERDF funding has supported developments such the expansion of Capitol Park in Goole, broadband enhancements in Northern Lincolnshire and East Riding and business support business such as the ENRG and GREAT programmes.    ESF funding has supported various skills and employment programmes as such Skills Enhancement Fund, community grants and Skills Support for the Workforce.

Lord Haskins of Skidby, Chair of the Humber LEP concluded:

“Good decision making on local opportunities is driven by local knowledge, and our ability to advise on the viability of local projects is a small but excellent example of how devolved powers can make a positive contribution to developing thriving economies and communities.”


Notes to editors

1          To attend the information events

People wishing to attend the information events in Hull or Scunthorpe should book their ticket at the following links:

Tuesday 21st April at the Holiday Inn, Hull Marina

Wednesday 22nd April at Forest Pines, Brigg

ALL ticket applications must be made through the electronic system.

2          To register to apply for funds

To register to apply for funds, people should email stating  ‘Register to apply for ESIF’ in the subject line and including full name, full name of organisation, email address and phone number (including extension) within the email.

3          European Structural and Investment Funds

The Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions are the managing authorities for ERDF and ESF funding through the Growth Programme, funds established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. By investing in projects the funds will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit

The England wide launch of the programme can be seen here