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European funding


European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) 2014 – 2020

ESIF is the EU’s main funding programme supporting investment in innovation, businesses, skills and employment.

There are three types of funds:

  • European Social Fund (ESF) focuses on improving the employment opportunities, promoting social inclusion and investing in skills by providing help people need to fulfil their potential.
  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supports research and innovation, small to medium sized enterprises and creation of a low carbon economy.
  • European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) supports rural businesses to grow and expand, improve knowledge and skills and get started.

The following documents provide information about the funds:

ESF Operational Programme for England 2014 to 2020

ERDF Operational Programme for England 2014 to 2020

EAFRD Operational Programme for England 2014 to 2020

How do I apply? 

The following guidance explains who is eligible to apply for funding.   

The Government issues calls for the fund on a regular basis – around three times a year. You can check them on their website.  

ERDF funding calls are now open 

Gateshead Goes Local - Community Led Local Development Programme

Applications are a two-stage process, with an initial outline application which assesses value for money, followed by a more detailed application. The whole process from applying to receiving the agreement takes roughly 9-12 months. 

You don’t have to wait for a call to prepare your application – there’s a lot you can do in advance, including reading the Operational Programme and Guidance, and the NELEP area ESIF strategy 2014-2020

Gateshead Council, as part of the North East Technical Assistance Project (part funded through the 2014 to 2020 ESIF Programme), is able to provide support to help you apply for ERDF and ESF funding.

Key contact:

Katie Atkinson
Direct Line: 0191 4332658
ESF/ERDF Coordinator
Economic and Housing Growth