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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.

Who manages the ESIF in England?

The European Commission works with Managing Authorities to ensure the funds are used effectively to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

In England, European Structural and Investment Funds are managed by the:

ESIF Programme Monitoring Committee

The Growth Programme Board is the Programme Monitoring Committee for England.It is responsible for monitoring the funds and will assume its role to review, examine, and provide an opinion on ESIF implementation.

See the ESIF Growth Programme Board Terms of Reference

The Voluntary Sector's voice on the Growth Programme Board

The Growth Programme Board has representatives from government departments, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local authorities, voluntary sector, rural sector and higher education organisations. In addition, membership includes social partners, equalities experts and affiliates from the European Commission.

The voluntary sector has two seats on the board to represent national and local interests. The current representatives are:

  1. Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations
  2. Rachel Quinn, Chief Executive of One East Midlands. (Rachel was formerly Deputy Chair of the East Midlands Local Monitoring Committee for the European Regional Development Fund between 2007 and 2013.)

Download the full list of Board Members

The EAFRD and the EMFF have their own programme monitoring committees.

Meeting dates

Meetings of the Board take place quarterly. Forthcoming dates for 2015 are:

  • Thursday 24 September 2015
  • Wednesday 16 December 2015
  • Thursday 16 June 2016

Local ESIF sub-committees

The Growth Programme Board is supported by 39 LEP –area ESIF sub-committees which have been established with local partners to consider the Fund’s strategic relevance to the local area. Sub- committees have an advisory role only. Membership mirrors that of the Growth Programme Board and conforms to the European Code of Conduct on Partnership.

See the Terms of Reference for the LEP-area ESIF Sub-Committees


The European Code of Conduct on the Partnership Principle provides a strong role for partners and least one representative from the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) is required on each local sub-committee. Along with representatives from the managing authorities, local authorities, and LEPs, there are also members from the following sectors:

  • Voluntary and Community
  • Equalities and Non-discrimination
  • Environment
  • Social Enterprises
  • Rural

Download the Membership Lists for the Growth Programme Board's LEP ESIF Sub-Committees (July 2015)

Networking event

NCVO hosted an event in May 2015 to bring together the representatives from the VCS to learn how best to work together and help each other in the next phases of implementation and monitoring.

If you would like to find out the names of your representatives on your LEP-area ESIF Sub-committee, please get in touch with us.

Learn more about LEPs and the ESIF