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European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

ERDF aims to promote sustainable development, competitiveness and social cohesion by specifically targeting investment to support economic growth and job creation. The fund is managed by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. SEMLEP’s remit is to take a strategic view on how best to prioritise ERDF funding to deliver growth and jobs in the South East Midlands area.

The total value of the SEMLEP ERDF Programme is around £56m*. The priorities identified for promoting economic growth through the ERDF are:

  • Strengthening research, technological development and innovation;
  • Enhancing access to, use and quality of, information communication and technology
  • Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Supporting the shift towards low carbon economies.

*Stirling value will change depending on exchange rate.

This funding is not available directly to businesses looking for grants. It is for intermediaries to provide support to enable business growth, innovation and job creation.

ERDF-funded projects need to meet stringent national eligibility requirements and fit with local priorities. These are outlined in the European Structural Investment Fund Implementation Plan and described fully in the SEMLEP ESIF Strategy and NEP ESIF Strategy. You can read more about national requirements in the European Regional Development Fund Operational Programme 2014-20.

ERDF will fund up to 50% of the total project cost. The remaining half will have to be sourced by the applicant. In most cases, this will be a cash-match. In some instances, it can be in the form of land or buildings.


There are our currently no open ERDF calls. The next round of calls is expected to be launched in March 2019. 

If you are interested in apply for the next round of ERDF calls, please register your interest below. This will ensure you are kept up-to-date with the latest ERDF information.  Should you have any questions, please email

When open, calls are placed on the Government’s funding finder website. Search for the South East Midlands to find calls open for projects in the SEMLEP area. You can also find these publicised on the Open ERDF Calls tab. ERDF has a two phase application process. 1. Outline application 2. Full Application.

Open ERDF Call Applications

Completed outline applications must be submitted via email to (referenced in Section 7 of the call specification). Applicants are asked to quote the call reference and project name in the subject line of your email as this will greatly assist the managing authority.

Outline Application phase

To apply for funding you will need to complete and send the Outline Application form to the email address provided in the call documentation.

The guidance provides information to help you complete the form. Application forms and full guidance can be found here.

You are advised to read all details in the call documents in order to produce an application that complies with the requirements and meets the needs set out in the Operational Programme. All this information, the related guidance and the European Regional Development Fund Operational Programme can be found from the Government’s ESIF home page.

SEMLEP can also provide technical assistance to support your outline application. Contact or call to speak to Jane Roemer, ESIF Manager.

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