Coast to Capital's European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Strategy for the period 2014-2020 sets out our priorities for use of our £56m total ESIF funding allocation.



  • £27m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF);
  • £25m European Social Fund (ESF), and;
  • £4m European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).


Local ESIF strategies are implemented through the process of issuing calls for projects. Bidding in response to Calls is open to all organisations that meet the eligibility criteria as ESI Funds are subject to EC open procurement regulations. Calls are usually time limited and will be issued at different times throughout the programming period.


The ESIF Strategy's Priority Areas (PAs) include support for:

• SME innovation and R&D
• Business competiveness
• Adoption of low carbon technologies
• Skills to support future growth
• Employment-focused social inclusion
• Support for the rural economy




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