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)
There are no ESF calls open at present. The next round of ESF funding will open in the July 2019.
Further information about the ESF calls can be found on the Managing Authority website here.
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 next round of ERDF funding will open on 28 June 2019 and close on 30 September 2019.
We are hosting an ERDF Specification Launch and Partnering Event on 2 July 2019 to promote the next round of £15.7m ERDF specifications. Please email email@example.com to register.
Further details and supporting documentation for all calls currently open in England are available on the Managing Authority website.
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. There will be a national call open in the autumn 2019.