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European Structural and Investment Funds in England

Our overview helps the voluntary sector find what it needs to know about the the new European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme, a key funding source. In England ESIF incorporate the European Social Fund (ESF), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and a proportion of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Community Grants for voluntary organisations

Community grants are approximately £15,000 with an employment focus. They support voluntary organisations to help hardest to reach individuals make progress towards or enter the labour market.

Community Led Local Development

A bottom-up approach to provide local projects in small disadvantaged communities.

EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

Cohesion policy is the EU’s main investment policy contributing towards regional development across the member states. More than one third of the EU’s budget is devoted to cohesion policy which aims to support job creation, economic growth and sustainable development. This section looks at how the EU cohesion policy is designed at EU level and how it informed the new European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 Programme.

Local Enterprise Partnerships

Find out why Local Enterprise Partnerships are important to how European Structural and Investment Funds will be accessed by voluntary organisations in England.

Local strategies

Each Local Enterprise Partnership area has a strategy explaining how social inclusion will be tackled by investment funds and how priorities will be met. Download strategies here to find out if your proposals are in line with local plans.

Voluntary sector and European funding

Find out the key policy asks of voluntary organisations in the new 2014-2020 Programme, and download our support tools.

Voluntary Sector and Local Enterprise Partnerships

Government guidance invites Local Enterprise Partnerships to work with voluntary organisations so how does this work in practice?

Who manages the money

Find out which government departments manage funds, who to contact, and dates of meetings where you can make your voice heard.

What's social inclusion and why you need to know

Voluntary work is considered work experience in guidelines on social inclusion. Skills and confidence building projects are also considered in criteria for the ESIF 2014-20 programme. Find out more here.