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).
Our EU Structural & Investment Funds Strategy was submitted to the government in January 2014. We were successfully allocated in excess of £41m of EU funds to enhance Gloucestershire’s economy, skills and environment. This has leveraged in match funding, with the result that by January 2021 £66m has been invested in our economy.
As part of this strategy, we have stimulated 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:
There are no open calls, as all the funds have been allocated. Find out how we’re already making the most of this funding on our projects page.
Our ESIF committee was fundamental to ensuring the funding was allocated to the areas that needed it the most.
5 September 2023
We are Made in Gloucestershire
We are Made in Gloucestershire. Your new destination to find incredible local food and drink, that’s truly made in Gloucestershire. The home of hidden gems that you won’t find anywhere else and so much more than the Old Spot and Double Gloucester.
8 August 2023
End of an era and the start of a new chapter...
Friday saw confirmation that Government core funding for LEPs will end in March next year which means things are changing at GFirst LEP - Gloucestershire's Local Enterprise Partnership
2 August 2023
Have your say on Gloucestershire’s economy
Residents and businesses are being invited to give their views on what priorities they would like to see included in a new economic strategy for Gloucestershire.
20 July 2023
Evaluation of LEP Growth Hubs published
An independent evaluation of the LEP Growth Hubs programme has been published this week by central Government.
13 July 2023
Gloucestershire's Top 100 Businesses Announced
The Top 100 Businesses in Gloucestershire 2023 was recently announced.
13 July 2023
South West Investment Fund launch £200 million growth fund
The £200m South West Investment Fund, aimed at fostering growth and prosperity for small businesses across the region has been launched today by the British Business Bank.
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