The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to promote economic, social and territorial cohesion across the EU. It is specifically focused on supporting economic growth and job creation whilst contributing to “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in England.

Our ERDF allocation is €64.6 million which is split across 4 priority areas:

  • PRIORITY   AXIS   1  Promoting Research and Innovation
    • Including increasing investment in research and innovation infrastructure that catalyses collaboration with the research community; promoting business investment in R&I
  • PRIORITY AXIS  2  Enhancing access to, and use and quality of, ICT
    • Including extending broadband deployment and the roll-out of high-speed networks and supporting the adoption of emerging technologies; enhancing demand for ICT; developing ICT products and services
  • PRIORITY AXIS  3 Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs
    • Promoting entrepreneurship; supporting the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development
  • PRIORITY AXIS  4 Promoting the transition to a Low carbon economy
    • Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises; supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure; promoting low carbon strategies for all types of territories

Download the ERDF programme brochure

For further information contact Mary-Louise Harrison, LLEP Senior Programmes Manager | 0116 454 2944 |


2014-2020 ERDF Case Study Booklet (2.25 MB)
ERDF Business Grants Guide 2020 (452.75 KB)
ERDF MA COVID-19 Medium Term Response (534.97 KB)
ERDF MA Initial Response to COVID-19 (311.56 KB)
ERDF Project COVID-19 Response Leaflet (5.63 MB)