The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supports research and innovation, small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and the creation of a low carbon economy.



The Coast to Capital LEP area has an ERDF budget allocation of £31m.


ERDF is facilitated in the Coast to Capital area through the "Maximising the benefit of ERDF in Coast to Capital" Technical Assistance Project, which is worth £133,151 in ERDF. The project is led by Coast to Capital, with Surrey County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council providing support.


Latest Funding News


MHCLG have announced that the next funding call window for applications for ERDF in England is set to open on Friday 5th October 2018 and close on Friday 23rd November 2018.


A call worth £5.5m ERDF in support of Priority Axis 1: Promoting Research and Innovation in the Coast to Capital LEP area is due to be published by MHCLG in this call window (on Friday 5th October 2018).


ERDF applications against this call must:


We would particularly like to encourage ERDF project applications which aim to:

  • Build/develop an innovation centre/innovation space in the Coast to Capital LEP area to provide maker and innovative work space for emerging technology companies.


Applications will be set at a minimum of £500k ERDF (£1m total project value) and a maximum of £5.5m ERDF. The intervention rate is set at 50% so the applicant must be able to match every £1 of ERDF with £1 from their own resources. Applications could be for 100% capital costs, 100% revenue costs, or any mixture of both capital and revenue costs.


A launch event for the Call is happening in Horsham on Monday 8th October. Please register yourself here


For further details on the call, or to start a conversation about your ERDF project idea, please contact Matthew Heath, details at the bottom of this page.


Open Calls

There are currently no open ERDF Calls for the Coast to Capital LEP area.


Contracted Projects

5 projects totalling £3.2m ERDF have been fully contracted with MHCLG:


“Export ASEAN” Priority Axis 3 (Business Support)

Lead Partner: Newable ERDF Value: £1.1m

The project aims to increase support to SMEs, new exporters and those already exporting, specifically those in the Life science/healthcare sector, to grow their business internationally, especially in the ASEAN markets.


“South East International Business Growth (SEIBG)” Priority Axis 3 (Business Support) Lead Partner: Newable ERDF Value: £500k

This project aims to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs and improve business support for all stages of SME development & growth. Target Geographical Areas: This is a Cross-LEP project covering the Coast to Capital, Enterprise M3, Solent, and Oxfordshire LEP Areas (Sussex, Surrey, Croydon, Hampshire, and Oxfordshire).


“Utilise Plus” Priority Axis 4 (Low Carbon) Lead Partner: Sustainable Business Partnership ERDF Value: £500k

Financial and non-financial support are available on this project, including Energy Audits, Energy Efficiency Workshops and Case Study Visits and grant funding through an innovative Best Practice Discount Scheme.


“BRAIN” Priority Axis 1 (Innovation) Lead Partner: SINC (University of Sussex) ERDF Value: £600k

The Sussex Innovation Centre (SINC) is developing the Business Research Academic Innovation Network (BRAIN) along the economic growth corridor from London to Brighton to create new connections between start-up and early stage technology / new product businesses, as well as providing financial and business support for innovation SMEs.


“Digital Research & Innovation Value Accelerator (DRIVA)” ERDF Priority Axis 1 (Innovation) Lead Partner: University of Brighton ERDF Value £500k

DRIVA is supporting 114 digital SMEs to engage in knowledge transfer and innovation, develop links with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), and demonstrate the benefits of working with those knowledge base partners. The project seeks to overcome barriers to collaborative R&D for Creative, Digital and Information Technology (CDIT) sector SMEs in the Coast to Capital LEP area.


Pipeline Projects

8 projects totalling £17.2m ERDF are currently in the pipeline at MHCLG.

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