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. Through this plan, we’re raising approximately €41 million to enhance Gloucestershire’s economy and environment.
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:
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.
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.
*Call now closed* New European Funding Call Open for Specialist Support for the Manufacturing Sector
The European Regional Development Fund call offers up to £500,000 to organisations to deliver specialist business support for the manufacturing sector.
Our ESIF committee, chaired by LEP board member Adam Starkey, works to ensure funding gets allocated to the areas that need it most.
12 February 2019
Chancellor of the Exchequer opens new Business School and Growth Hub building
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, visited the University of Gloucestershire on Thursday 7th February to officially open the new Business School and Growth Hub building at the Oxstalls campus in Gloucester.
8 January 2019
GFirst LEP ERDF Film 2018
A short film showcasing ERDF projects in Gloucestershire.
8 January 2019
Growth Deal Projects 2018
The latest Growth Deal Funded projects for GFirst LEP.
7 January 2019
A million new reasons to cycle and walk around Lydney
The county council’s cabinet will be asked next week to give the go ahead to find the contractors to deliver £1m pounds of improvements to paths in the Lydney area.
2 January 2019
We're Hiring - Enterprise Coordinator
GFirst LEP has an exciting opportunity to join our expanding Education Team. Apply now!
2 January 2019
We're Hiring - Inward Investment Administration Assistant
GFirst LEP has an exciting position for our new Inward Investment Team! Apply now!
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