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The 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme provides funds to help local areas stimulate growth. The funds support investment in innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs.

A single ESIF Growth Programme has been set up to combine three separate European Funds. The Growth Programme provides funding to help projects in England that create jobs and economic growth.
These are:

Please click on the link for general information on the ESIF programme.

The local priorities for the three funds are detailed in the Lancashire ESIF Strategy. Please note that the Strategy is currently still draft and is awaiting to be updated once Lancashire’s programme outputs have been agreed and the Strategy approved by the National ESIF Growth Board.

These funds will be delivered in two main ways; Open Calls and Opt Ins.

Opt Ins

This is the mechanism for the local ESIF Partnership to utilise match funding from other organisations in order to be able to draw down ESIF resources. The Opt In organisations provide a level of match funding and are allocated a proportion of ESIF resources. The Opt In organisation then allocates funding using its own processes and monitors the performance of the activity it is funding.

Currently there are three ESF Opt Ins in operation and further details can be obtained via the following websites;

Open Calls

This is the more traditional method for allocating ESIF funds whereby providers are asked to submit proposals to deliver specific types of activity using their own match funding. The details of Open Calls will be agreed by the local ESIF Partnership; with the details on the relevant Government department websites.

Calls Currently Open for Applications

NOTE TO APPLICANTS – New Application Forms: The Managing Authorities have released updated versions of the outline and full application forms that must be completed when applying for funding. The most up to date version of the forms can be accessed here:





The following calls for applications are currently open for ERDF. Please note the deadline for applications is 30 September 2019

P1 Research & Innovation Call

P3 SME Support Call

P4 Climate Change Call

P6 Environment & Resource Efficiency Call



The following call for applications is currently open for ESF.  Please note that the deadline for applications is 12 August 2019.

IP1.4 Active Inclusion Call



There are currently no EARFD calls open for applications.

To access the information relating to previous EAFRD calls, please see the link below:


Previous Open ERDF and ESF Calls

The following calls were launched earlier on in the programme and are now closed:


 P1 Research & Innovation – closing date 27 May 2015




ESIF Partnership committee

The ESIF Partnership Committee is run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)

For further information please contact Neil RobertsSean McGrath or Shabana Patel, External Funding and Investment, at Lancashire County Council.


Resources Draft Lancashire European Structural and Investment Funds Strategy February 2016 Submission part 1 Draft Lancashire European Structural and Investment Funds Strategy February 2016 Submission part 2 Read next Lancashire’s Local Industrial Strategy