The Enterprise M3 area has been allocated €50m of European Structural and Investment Funding for the 2014-2020 funding period. This is made up of €25.2 of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), €20.46m of European Social Fund (ESF) and €4.4m of European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) funding.
Enterprise M3 has developed an EU Structural and Investment Funds Strategy which sets out the broad programmes of activity the economy needs this funding to be used for in order to achieve sustainable, inclusive economic growth over the period of this programme.
The programme is primarily focused around support for skills and employment, as well as support for our small and medium enterprises and the facilitation of innovation, building on the strengths of our businesses and universities.
On 24th July 2018, Government confirmed an extension to their previous guarantee, which covers the full 2014-2020 ESIF programming period. It means that ERDF and ESF projects will be signed until 31st December 2020 and they can run up to 31 December 2023 regardless of the outcomes of Brexit.
Details of the open calls:
European Social Fund (ESF)
The current round of ESF funding is open and includes specifictions for projects to include:
Social Inclusion- aimed at addressing multiple challenges faced by people with barriers to employability in order to help them move closer into the labour market. Ca £1.31m ESF
Virtual Reality & Online Learning – strengthening vocational education and training systems, in particular utilising online learning and virtual reality to meet the needs of local employers. Ca £2.1m ESF
Apprenticeship Skills Hub and Skills Support Hub- supporting the development of a specialist apprenticeship hub and general skills support hub to help businesses navigate the fast paced skills system. Ca £1.37m ESF
We are hosting an ESF Partnership Workshop on 1 October 2019 to support outline applications from partners bidding for this round of ESF specifications. To register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/enterprise-m3-european-social-fund-partnership-workshop-tickets-68616350351
Further information about the ESF calls can be found on the Managing Authority website here.
You can learn more about ESF funding by watching a range of short videos just launched on the Enterprise M3 LEP You Tube channel to highlight a total of £21 million of EU funding still available via Enterprise M3.
The videos showcase past success stories, including organisations awarded funding for support projects helping people to improve their skills and set up a social enterprise business and the STEP project supporting those at risk of being not in employment, education or training.
Organisations can bid to provide projects to improve social inclusion or online learning and apprenticeship skills hubs, through £5m of European Social Funding.
Main EM3 ESF Promotional Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edzM43oshOE
EM3 ESF Inspiring Enterprise Case Study Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D47_2qTRmkg
EM3 ESF STEP Programme Case Study Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4hfp7d8Gpw
Enterprise M3 LEP have created a leaflet promoting ESF funding which can be viewed in the resources right of page.
European Regional Development Funding (ERDF)
The current round of ERDF funding is available from 28 June 2019 and will close on 30 September 2019. The ERDF specifications include projects for:
The Low Carbon specification worth £2.7M grant in support for projects to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, smart energy management or promoting research and innovation in and adoption of low carbon technologies.
The SME Growth specification worth £6.8M grant will be seeking a collaborative partnership approach for the area to support entrepreneurship/start-ups (Lot 1) and scale-up businesses (Lot 2).
The Digital Growth specification worth £1.5M grant is seeking proposals for the development and delivery of a scheme to stimulate uptake of superfast broadband by SMEs and/or support SMEs across key sectors to more effectively use digital technologies to maximise their competitiveness and resilience.
The Research & Development and Commercialisation Activities specification worth £4.7M ERDF is seeking projects to look for ways to move SMEs from ‘potential’ to ‘actual’ innovators, encouraging adoption by existing SMEs while also attracting, growing, or creating new companies hungry for innovation.
We are hosting an ERDF Partnership Workshop on 11 September 2019 to support outline applications from partners bidding for the next round of £15.7m ERDF specifications. To register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/enterprise-m3-european-regional-development-fund-partnership-workshop-tickets-68607435687
Further details and supporting documentation for all calls currently open in England are available on the Managing Authority website.
You can learn more about ERDF funding by watching a range of short videos just launched on the Enterprise M3 LEP You Tube channel to highlight a total of £21million of EU funding still available via Enterprise M3.
The videos showcase past success stories, including businesses and organisations awarded funding for digital hubs and invite organisations to apply for £16m Regional Development Funding to provide projects to support R & D and commercialisation activities, digital growth, SME growth, low carbon and energy projects.
Main EM3 ERDF Promotional Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy99spcSECE
EM3 ERDF Innovate 2 Succeed Case Study Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvFbbp8NFy8
EM3 ERDF Digital Business Acceleration Hubs Case Study Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCnR9H57z_Y
Enterprise M3 LEP have created a leaflet promoting ERDF funding which can be viewed in the resources right of page.
Important information on how to apply for ERDF Funding
If you want to apply for ERDF Funding, you will need to register your interest with the Managing Authority. To do this, send an email to esif1420.ITqueries@communities.gsi.gov.uk The subject line of the email needs to be ‘Register to apply for ESIF’ and the email needs to include the following information: - your full name - full name of your organisation - email address - phone number (including extension)Technical Assistance
Enterprise M3 manages two Technical Assistance projects which support the main ERDF and ESF programmes.
COMERDF3 is a project part funded by the European Regional Development Fund which promotes the main ERDF programme through publicity, awareness raising and facilitation.
COMESFEM3 is a project part funded by the European Social Fund which promotes the main ESF programme through publicity, awareness raising and facilitation.
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
There are no EAFRD calls open at present but we are expecting another round of calls to open shortly. There will be a national call open in the autumn 2019.