Funding Calls

ESF Call and Application Process

To access ESF funding, projects are selected through calls. A call is an open invitation for applicants to submit outline applications against a published specification. This sets out the value of funding available, the outputs and type of activity sought, and the timetable and process by which projects will come forward and be assessed and selected.

Calls will be published at regular intervals through the lifetime of the ESF programme with the timing of calls and their content discussed between the Department of Work and Pensions and the D2N2 ESIF Committee.

All ESF calls which are relevant for the D2N2 area will be published in this section of the website.  

Opt-in Calls

It is unlikely that there will be any future opt-in calls in the D2N2 area.

Open Calls

There are currently four open calls in the D2N2 area.  These are the final local calls from the ESF National Reserve Fund.

Calls for other LEP areas are available here.

ESF Match and Apprenticeship Levy updates

A teleconference took place on March 2nd 2018 between DWP and the Local Enterprise Partnership Network regarding the use of the apprenticeship levy as match funding.  To view the questions from the LEP Network and the responses by Emma Kirkpatrick, Head of ESF Managing Authority, please follow this link.

There is an action note on the website regarding the use of the Apprenticeship Levy as ESF match funding which is now allowable and a welcome addition by the Managing Authority.

The action note confirms that applicants whose ESF projects are approved on or after the 24th of October 2017 can use money received from the government, paid from an employer’s Apprenticeship Levy digital account, as match funding. Please be aware that existing grant recipients approved before the 24th October 2017 are unable to submit a request to use the Apprenticeship Levy as match.

Full details can be found by following the this link.


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