• EU Structural & Investment Funds Strategy

Our EU Structural & Investment Funds Strategy was submitted to the government in January 2014. Through this plan, we’re raising approximately €41 million to enhance Gloucestershire’s economy and environment.

Our Funding Streams

Our strategy for Gloucestershire fits closely with the three National Operational Programmes – the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Social Fund (ESF).

As part of this strategy, we’re stimulating local enterprise, helping rural projects, and getting people into work across the county.

Through this European funding, we’re overseeing money committed to the following areas:

  • Broadband – £1.28 million
  • Innovation – £1.49 million
  • Business support – £7.1 million
  • Environment – £3 million
  • Employment – £2.8 million
  • Rural tourism – £1.5 million
  • Low carbon innovation – £3.38 million
  • Skills – £9.17 million
  • Social inclusion – £2.48 million

Please note that the budget is likely to change due to fluctuations in the euro conversion rate. Each commitment attracts match funding, so the overall budget is likely to exceed €80 million. 

Find out how we’re already making the most of this funding on our projects page.

Open Calls for Funding

View our latest funding opportunities, available as part of the ESIF, and get your business growing.

RDPE Growth Programme Calls for Tourism Infrastructure

These grants are for capital investments that will help grow and develop tourism in rural areas. The aim is for visitors to spend more time and money in the rural parts of the GFirst LEP area.

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High Impact Export Support for High Growth SMEs

This call provides a funding opportunity of approximately £500k of ERDF resource (matched at 50% so the total value is £1m). It is predominantly seeking to invest European Regional Development funds in activities to boost exports of high Growth Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

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Inward Investment 

The following European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) call is now open for partners to begin the application process. This call invites proposals that support inward (foreign direct) investment into the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership area.

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ESIF Committee

Our ESIF committee, chaired by LEP board member Adam Starkey, works to ensure funding gets allocated to the areas that need it most.

Committee members:

  • Chair: Adam Starkey – Green Gourmet Ltd
  • Ashley Green – Gloucester City Homes
  • Simon King – Royal Agricultural University
  • Matt Lennard – Gloucestershire VCS Alliance
  • Tim Littler – Harrison Clark Rickerbys LLP
  • Steve Lydon – Stroud District Council
  • Roger Morlock – Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • Richard O'Doherty – University of Gloucestershire
  • Shaun Parsons – Gloucestershire County Council
  • Bob Watters – Forest Local Action Group
  • Andy Bates – Gloucestershire College

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