Coast to Capital has an ESF budget of £25m. Please see below for information on our open calls, contracted projects and closed calls.

ESF is facilitated in the Coast to Capital area through the "Maximizing the benefit of ESF in Coast to Capital" Technical Assistance project, which is worth £193,492 in ESF. The project is led by Coast to Capital, with Surrey County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council providing support.


The ESFA has launched an ESF Opt-in tender round. 


C2C are currently working with ESFA and DWP regarding the investment priority areas and funding for this tender round.


ESFA have now provided a timetable, which is as follows:

  • Launch of Invitations to Tender  - 20 August 2018
  • Close of Invitation to Tender – 17 September 2018
  • Contracts to be in place  - by February 2019
  • Delivery commences - April 2019
  • Delivery completed - December 2020


The calls for the Coast to Capital area are expected to include specifications for projects in the following:

  • Skills Support for the Unemployed
  • Community Grants
  • Skills Support for the Workforce and Redundancy


Calls will be published at 


Also see the E-tendering Portal Guidance document in the “Related Resources” section on the right of this page which provides guidance to those wishing to access the Bravo Solution E-tendering Portal.


Coast to Capital we are planning on holding an information event on 23 August 2018.  The event will be an opportunity for prospective applicants to hear more about the Opt-In Calls and make contact with potential partners and develop project ideas. 


This event is now fully booked. However, we are holding a waiting list and if there is enough interest a further event will be held.  Please email to be included on the waiting list.


We will update this page with further news as we receive it.


DIRECT CALLS UPDATE: £14.09m ESF for the Coast to Capital LEP area has now been launched by DWP


The £14.09m ESF comprises of:


  • £6.09m ESF in Priority Axis 1: Inclusive Labour Market


Investment Priority 1.1: Access to employment for job seekers and inactive people. Call worth £3.55 million ESF.


This call seeks to support unemployed adults to transition into employment and self-employment 


Investment Priority 1.4: Active inclusion including equal opportunities & improving employability. Call worth £2.54 million ESF


This call seeks to support unemployed and inactive people who face multiple barriers to work.


  • £8m ESF in Priority Axis 2: Skills for Growth


Investment Priority 2.1: Equal access to learning for all age groups, upgrading the skills of the workforce, flexible learning, careers guidance, validation of competence. Call worth £8 million ESF


This call seeks to provide training, support and guidance to increase productivity and economic growth.


These calls are all ESF direct calls which require 50% match funding.


The Call Specifications can be found on the .GOV website at this link


In the “Related Resources” section on the right of this page you will the latest version of the Coast to Capital ESIF Strategy and also the latest versions of the DWP outline application form and outline application guidance.


To view information regarding the Coast to Capital Strategic Economic Plan see this link


For further information or advice and guidance on any of the above please contact Claire Witz, ESF Project Manager on (01403) 333840 or


Contracted Projects 

We have 16 projects underway totaling £7.43m in ESF. These projects range from helping people who are furthest away from employment through to up-skilling people who are in employment.


For further in depth information on these projects please click on the ‘ESF Contracted Projects – Further Details’ document in the related resources section to the right of this page.

Closed Calls

3 Calls have now closed and applications are going through the review process.


Opt-In/Direct Call


ESF Value

Direct Call

2.1 Digital Skills for the Employed – launched jointly with Enterprise M3 LEP


Direct Call

2.2 Digital Skills for SMEs



Direct Call

2.2 Graduate Internships for SME Growth and Employability Skills


(one project only)

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