ERDF Priority Axis 3:

Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs


This call is looking to:

  • promote entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators

  • support the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development

  • support the capacity of small and medium sized enterprises to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation processes

The call documentation and more information on this call can be found here.


Projects put forward under this call must cover the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership area.


Up to £1,818,768 of funding is available through this call. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.

Match funding - applicants must identify that they can provide eligible match funding at 50% of total project costs.


Outline application deadline: 30 September 2019

Completion date

Projects approved through this call will normally be expected to have completed the delivery of project activity by the end of June 2023.

What happens next?

If your outline application is successful, Government will contact you and ask you to make a full application.

Support available

Prospective applicants interested in delivering the programme can contact Richard Kirkland, D2N2 European Structural and Investment Fund Coordinator on email for more information.

Information events

To support organisations to understand the strategic priorities of this call D2N2 LEP hosted free workshops across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in August 2019.

Please follow this link to view the post event page.


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