European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF)

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In June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union following a referendum.

We will keep you and local partners updated on any changes affecting the delivery of European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF) projects. In the meantime, if you have any specific queries, please contact:

  • Kathryn Dews (Department for Communities and Local Government [DCLG]) for questions concerning the European Regional Development Fund [ERDF] –
  • Roger Allonby (The Rural Payments Agency [RPA]) for questions concerning the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development [EAFRD] –

Please note it is unlikely we will be able to answer queries immediately but as soon as we get clarification on any of the points raised we will feed this back to you.

For the latest announcement from Government regarding EU funding,  issued on 13th August, 2016, please follow the link here. 


Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is hosting a Roadshow event related to the following December 2016 funding calls:

ERDF P1 (Innovation), P4 (Low Carbon) and P6 (Environment) – Transitional only

Call updates and case study speakers

Please note the Transitional area for Greater Birmingham and Solihull is Tamworth, Lichfield, Cannock and East Staffordshire.


The Roadshow event:

Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) is hosting a Roadshow event related to the following ERDF funding calls that are likely to open in March 2017: 

ERDF P1 (Innovation), P4 (Low Carbon) and P6 (Environment)

The Roadshow event includes Call Updates and Case Study speakers.

Funding is available for projects from across the entire GBSLEP area.

The Roadshow event will take place on:

Thursday 16th March at the Chamber  in Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB

 2pm -4pm 

The roadshow is for anyone eager to learn more about ERDF and about what sort of projects can be funded through the forthcoming calls.

To register your interest in attending this free Roadshow click here, or for more information about the ERDF funding available, please email



1.1 Access to Employment for Jobseekers and Inactive People is now open (21st April) closing 30th June 2017

The aim of the call is to help those who are disadvantaged but still relatively close to the labour market to tackle their barriers to work and enter and sustain employment.

Indicatively £6m is allocated to the More Developed Region (Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest). The Managing Authority does not intend to allocate less than £400,000 of European Social Funding to any single project.

Click here to find out more about Call 1.1



Solihull Council (SMBC) is leading on an ESF Technical Assistance and an ERDF Technical Assistance project to support potential applicants. Whilst we are not able to advise which projects will/won’t be successful, it and other local authorities and partners involved can provide some pointers.

There is a dedicated mailbox to help people develop ESIF eligible projects or direct them to the relevant thematic groups. The mail box address is

Technical Assistance Supported Thematic Groups

ERDF PRIORITY: INNOVATION AND R&D – focussed on the four key growth sectors:
Life Sciences, Digital and Creative, Low Carbon & Advanced manufacturing
In addition to cross cutting approaches to drive the development of an innovation eco system and SME excellence.

The Thematic Lead for this Priority is Pam Waddell (

ERDF PRIORITY: STIMULATING BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE – driving a coherent research and evidence-led approach to business advice, business start-ups and business support with a focus on the 15 key sectors chosen in the Strategy for Growth.

The Thematic Lead for this Priority is Ian Mclaughlan (

ERDF PRIORITY: LOW CARBON COMMUNITIES – focussing activity on driving growth in the low carbon economy, through actions on energy efficiency and its economic impact on the supply chain, sustainable transport and resource efficiency.

The Thematic Lead for this Priority is Emma Tebbutt (

ESF PRIORITY: INCLUSIVE LABOUR MARKETS – Aiming to increase participation in the labour market and thereby improve social inclusion and mobility.  This priority axis brings together ESF investment priorities from thematic objectives 8 (employment) and 9 (social inclusion). Supporting access to employment for job seekers and inactive people, active inclusion, the sustainable integration of young people and community led local development.

The Thematic Lead for this Priority is Maria Lopez (

ESF PRIORITY: SKILLS FOR GROWTH – Aimed at enhancing equal access to lifelong learning, improving the skills of individuals to meet their goals and the needs of the local economy. Improving the labour market relevance of education and training systems, improving employer engagement, participation and engagement in learning so that it is responsive to the needs of the local economy. These investment priorities are from thematic objectives 10 (skills). However the priority axes will contribute indirectly to thematic objectives 8 and 9 by training people in skills that sustain and enhance their employment and reduce the risk of social exclusion.

The Thematic Lead for this Priority is Maria Lopez (

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