ESIF Technical Spport
iSE provide Technical Assistance for the ESIF programmes and are able to offer organisations and groups in the GBSLEP (Greater Birmingham Local Enterprise Partnership) area fully-funded technical support and information services.
The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs) are the European Union’s main funding programmes for supporting growth and jobs across EU member states.
In England, for 2014 to 2020 the programmes comprise the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Social Fund (ESF) and part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). These have been brought together into a single Growth programme with individual operational programmes aligned to maximise support for jobs and growth.
The Growth Programme is delivered across England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas, each of which has an ESIF Strategy to support local delivery. The £6 billion funds within the Growth Programme have been notionally allocated to LEP areas. ERDF can fund activity such as support to SMEs, ICT, Low Carbon and research and innovation. ESF supports employment, skills and social inclusion.
The iSE Technical Assistance Project aims to:
– Raise awareness, understanding and take-up of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) bidding opportunities in the GBSLEP area
-Promote networking, collaborative-working and exchanges of best practice in relation to ERDF and ESF funding opportunities and activities in the GBSLEP area
-Showcase ERDF and ESF activities and achievements in the GBLEP area.
Through the project, events are held to disseminate information about the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF), including details of how to apply.