Key documents

The ERDF Operational Programme is the main document for setting out the strategy and priorities for the use of the fund to support the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It also contains high level information on how the fund will be delivered, managed and evaluated.

The D2N2 ESIF Strategy outlines the LEPs approach to the distribution of all ESIF funds locally, evidences local need and sets out the D2N2 key areas for intervention.

The D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), drafted concurrently with the D2N2 ESIF Strategy, makes the case for a D2N2 Growth Deal to accelerate growth in high value manufacturing and, specifically, the aerospace, automotive and building technology sector.

The ESIF Local Implementation Plan (Consultation Document) sets out an approach for translating the D2N2 ESIF Strategy into a delivery programme between 2015 and 2018. It seeks to take forward the best elements of existing practice and set out a blend of open calls, opt-ins and potentially other routes, designed to support interventions of scale and impact to maximise the value of ESIF funding for the D2N2 area. 

Summary of Responses to the D2N2 ESIF Local Implementation Plan ConsultationForty six detailed responses were made to ESIF Local Implementation Plan consultation. The key finding from consultation has been that the approach proposed by D2N2, particularly the intent to use ESIF monies to deliver the D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan via projects of scale and impact, was broadly endorsed with the majority of comments relating to how the proposed approach can be refined and better communicated in order to achieve this intent. 

The Time to Innovate plan has been prepared by D2N2's Universities - Derby, Nottingham and Nottingham Trent - in consultation with D2N2 partners. Its aim is to help local businesses to grow through innovation. A copy of the executive summary is available here


Sector Action Plans

D2N2 has identified eight sectors with the potential to support economic and employment growth in the economy covering both manufacturing and service sector opportunities

Following wide consultation, we have finalised (or are in the process of finalising) Sector Action plans which will inform the ESIF procurement process for each sector.

More information on the D2N2 key sectors can be found by clicking on the links below:


ERDF Priority Axis 4 Guidance 

Revised guidance (version 4) has been issued for ERDF Priority Axis 4 as a result of changes to the ERDF Operational Programme. The revison increases the number of activities which can be funded through PA4 with the aim of incentivising further activity. The changes can be summarised as follows: 

Investment Priority 4a
The requirement to benchmark the low carbon strategy against 2013 data for local authorities has been removed.

Investment Priority 4b
The support provided to SMEs has been widened beyond energy and can incorporate the CO2e impact of wider resource efficiency such as CO2e savings associated with water use, embodied energy in materials, waste and transport etc.

Investment Priority 4c
The inclusion of standard retrofit technologies can be an eligible part of a project which incorporates either innovation or a whole place approach to the retrofit of domestic properties.

Investment Priority 4e
The requirement to benchmark a low carbon strategy against 2011 data for local authorities has been removed.

Green and Blue Infrastructure can be a significant part of a whole place solution to support an approach to urban cooling.

The revised PA4 Guidance can be found here:

ERDF Summative Assessment Update

The ERDF 2014-2020 project summative assessment guidance is now published on GOV.UK.

There is a funding agreement requirement for grant recipients to submit a summative assessment before the payment of their final claim. These project-level evaluations will provide valuable evidence to inform the programme’s National Evaluation and provide insight on the effectiveness of delivery and intervention approaches for the delivery bodies, LEPs, the ERDF managing authority and other stakeholders.

The guidance, which sets out grant recipients’ requirements, and appendices, which will help evaluators carry out summative assessments, can be found on the ERDF 2014-2020 evaluation page.

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