In this section, we are providing information, advice and funding updates around our European Structural Investment Funds Programme (ESIF). These are funding programmes for supporting growth and jobs across the EU.

The LLEP has been allocated an indicative €124.4 million of ESIF funding to support activities in Leicester and Leicestershire.  The LLEP’s ESIF strategy is designed to improve economic growth, business competitiveness, employment opportunities and social well-being and is split into 3 different funding streams:

  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
  • European Social Fund (ESF)
  • European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)


In light of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the LLEP are working as normal but remotely. You can still contact us via landline/mobile numbers and we have the facility to use both Skype and Microsoft Teams for meetings. We understand that it is a very challenging time, as we all adopt to new ways of working while still offering a service. We are currently contacting ESF and ERDF programme leads to get updates on how programmes and their clients can be supported during this period, and if/how providers are engaging  with employers and/or potential beneficiaries; plus any successes or challenges.

Please see our ESIF newsletters page for the latest news from the LLEP and ESIF on:

We advise all projects to regularly check the government’s website for ESIF partner updates to ensure that the information you are working to is the most up to date information. But we will of course continue in keeping you up to date, as and when information comes through to ourselves

For any employers or those working with employers, the Business Gateway Growth Hub, has produced a dedicated area on its website for official guidance and support for businesses and the impact of coronavirus. Please share this page with those in your network.