European Structural and Investment Funds

The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are the European Union’s main funding programmes for supporting growth and jobs across EU member states.

The total D2N2 ESIF allocation for 2014-2020 is £226.1 million for the following programmes:

  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) - £113.2 million
  • European Social Fund (ESF) - £107.4 million
  • European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) – £5.5 million

ERDF generally funds activity which helps small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow, enables SMEs to make the most of ICT developments, supports research and innovation in SMEs and reduces carbon emissions across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

ESF supports individuals to find employment, develop skills required in today’s labour market and supports social inclusion.

EAFRD provides specialist support for SMEs in the rural areas of D2N2 to thrive and grow.

To be able to access funding, D2N2 has produced an ESIF strategy which sets out local priorities to be supported, proposed initiatives, and expenditure profiles to include sources of match funding. The ESIF strategy can be downloaded here.

Funding Calls

Information on calls for ESIF funded projects in D2N2 will be published on the ESIF funding pages of the GOV.UK website

Assisted Areas

Significant areas of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are among parts of the country which have been designated with Assisted Area status. Assisted Areas are places where government can offer additional financial support to businesses under European Commission state aid rules.  This should help create jobs and encourage investment in premises and machinery through capital allowances and additional tax breaks for businesses.

For more information on Assisted Areas, please follow this link.

European Structural and Investment Funds: useful resources

A list of beneficiaries, publicity materials, programme regulations and a glossary for organisations running European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund projects can be found at the GOV.UK website.


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