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Consultation launched on future ESF priorities

20 July 2017

Over 60 participants from the public, private and voluntary sector have come together to help SEMLEP shape future funding for projects in the community.

The event, held at the Luton Hat Factory on 18 July, is part of a major consultation by South East Local Enterprise Partnership, SEMLEP, who is planning the next - and final phase - of European Social Fund (ESF) investment priorities.

ESF investments support projects that help people back to work, develop employment skills, assist disadvantaged communities or, help to enhance the skills of young people

We are now looking to plan the 2017 to 2020 phase of the programme to invest approximately £22million of provision to support skills, employment and tackle poverty and social exclusion.

SEMLEP is seeking views of local organisations who work on such projects to help us understand what is working well.

You can contribute from 20th July until 4th August in the online consultation:

Views gathered via this consultation will used to inform priorities for future funding calls expected to be released from October-November 2017.  

Sandra Turner, SEMLEP’s ESIF Manager said “We have reached an important time for planning the next phase of European Social Fund priorities. Given that we’re leaving the European Union in March 2019, we’re working to an accelerated timetable to ensure that we use the European Social Fund programme to invest in projects that can deliver real value and benefits to disadvantaged people and communities in the South East Midlands.”

Jane Roemer, SEMLEP lead for Voluntary and Community Sector, and part of the European Team at SEMLEP said “This consultation will inform the future investment priorities. By building on the success of the 2014-2017 programme, we have an opportunity to focus provision, explore where the gaps are and join these up.”

“We have a wealth of expertise and tried and tested networks that will help us to deliver projects locally.”

The current ESF-funded projects can be found in the recently published ESF Project Directory, available on SEMLEP’s European Funding Portal:



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