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 £31.1 million.



BREAKING NEWS: £8.5 million funding available in the Coast to Capital area


The £8.5 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has been launched by the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government (MHCLG) and comprises of:


£0.6 million ERDF in Priority Axis 1: Promoting Research and Innovation


The PA1 Call Specification can be found here.


£3.87 million ERDF in Priority Axis 3: Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises


Through this ERDF Priority Axis 3 Call we aim to attract projects that will:

  • Improve business support for all stages of SME development and growth.
  • Develop growth capacity and ambition for SMEs and strengthen their supply chains.
  • Provide intensive support for high growth SMEs.
  • Encourage internationalisation in SMEs.


The PA3 Call specification can be found here.


£4 million ERDF in Priority Axis 4: Supporting the Shift towards a Low Carbon Economy in All Sectors


The PA4 Call specification can be found here.


Note: The available ERDF PA4 allocation may increase if you are submitting an application which covers more than one of the three Energy South2East affiliated LEPs (Coast to Capital, Enterprise M3, South East LEP).


In the “Related Resources” section on the right of this page you will find the latest version of the Coast to Capital ESIF Strategy and also theSouth2East Energy Strategy and accompanying Action Plan (Project Models) document, for use when applying under PA4.


The ERDF Call Window will be open from Friday 28 June 2019 to Monday 30 September 2019.


An event to officially launch these calls was held on Wednesday 10 July 2019 in Brighton. The presentation from this event can be found in the 'Related Resources' section. 


For further information or advice and guidance on any of the above please contact Matthew Heath, ERDF Project Manager.


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.


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: £608k

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

Projects totalling £20m ERDF are currently in the pipeline at MHCLG.

Matthew Heath

ERDF Project Manager

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