European Structural and Investment Funds

Welcome to the SCR website for the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Here you can find information about the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF).

Please note that our estimated timetable for the issue of the SCR ESF calls 2019 (subject to change please keep checking the website) here.

We understand that the calls will be asking for a full business case submission against a 12 week deadline for submission from date of issue.

20 May 2019 – CALLS OPEN

(1.1) More unemployed or inactive people enter jobs (or self-employment) or engage in job searching, especially those who are at a disadvantage or who need to improve their skills.

(2.2) Improving the labour market relevance of education and training systems.

27 May 2019

(2.1) More people gain the skills they need to achieve their goals and support local growth.

 17 June 2019

(1.2) More young people are in education, employment or training and fewer are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET

1 July 2019

(1.4)  To address the root causes of poverty which create barriers to work so more people move closer to or into employment

ESIF – European Structural Investment Funds

The ESIF aims to increase social and economic prosperity across Europe and reduce the gaps between regions; creating a more competitive, prosperous and inclusive Europe.

European Social Fund (ESF)

  • Promoting employment and supporting labour mobility;
  • Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty;
  • Investing in education, skills and lifelong learning;
  • Enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration.

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

  • Innovation and research;
  • The digital agenda;
  • Support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
  • The low-carbon economy.


Who Can Apply For ESIF Monies?

– Check National Eligibility Guidelines

ESF Basic Eligibility – Who can apply:

Local and Regional Authorities, Training Centres, Administrations States, Development Non- Government Organisations, SMEs, Universities, Non-profit organisations.

 ERDF Basic Eligibility – Who can apply:

Research Centres, Local and Regional Authorities, Training Centres, Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, SMEs, Non-profit organisations.

Useful documents
Supporting Key Documents

If you are interested in applying for future rounds you are encouraged to engage with local ESIF Technical Assistance support to assist with the development of your Application(s). Technical Assistance support is available in Sheffield City Region through the ESIF Technical Assistance programme managed by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council


When new ESIF documents and guidance are released, they are circulated to fund applicants and recipients and added to the website in due course.

ESIF guidance documentation is frequently updated. Most documents will be given a new version number and/or date when they are updated and will be added to the website. Historical guidance updates and new guidance releases can be found on the following pages:

Web links and TAP documents can be found on the following pages.

Technical Assistance

The Sheffield City Region Technical Assistance team is funded through ESIF and based at the landmark Civic offices in Doncaster and supports the whole of the Sheffield City Region.

The team will publicise ESF/ERDF funding opportunities via the monthly news-letter will also send out details of specific funding opportunities and inform you of the funding priorities and content of the Calls.

The Technical Assistance team will provide workshops on specific topics at your request and are more than happy to meet with you and discuss your ideas and guide you through the application process.

We can assist by providing the following ESIF funded services, free to applicants:

  • Discussing your project ideas and checking that they fit with the funding eligibility and call criteria.
  • Hosting brokerage and partnership development seminars at our modern, state of the art offices in Doncaster.
  • Providing information about ESF and ERDF in plain English.
  • Providing advice and support to you to complete the outline application form and technical advice covering compliance with procurement, State Aid and publicity requirements.
  • Cross checking your application against the Call specification prior to the closing date.

For more information and to request a free workshop please contact the Technical Assistance Team:

European Structural Fund (People and Skills):


Telephone: 01302 735447

 European Regional Development Fund (Development & Place):  Telephone: 01302 736738  Telephone: 01302 737455 Telephone: 0114 229 6137

Calls and Future Events

You can search all ESIF calls by fund state (open or closed), type, location and source on the website here.

Open calls will also be listed here.

Future events will be displayed here