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.
22 February 2024
GFirst LEP - 'The One about Evolution'
We would love for you to join us at GFirst LEP's final event.
31 January 2024
Sale of SGS Berkeley Campus to bring economic prosperity to the region
South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (SGS) is embarking on a transformative journey by signing Heads of Terms for a strategic disposal of their Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park at SGS Berkeley to a preferred bidder, Chiltern Vital Group (CVG).
22 November 2023
A seamless transition for GFirst LEP, "Evolution not extinction"
The roles and responsibilities of GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, will transfer to Gloucestershire County Council from April 2024.
2 November 2023
Planning submitted for £1bn project at the heart of the UK’s Technology and Cyber ambitions
Planning has been submitted for Cheltenham’s Golden Valley Development, the £1bn project at the heart of the Government’s National Cyber Strategy and the UK’s newest Innovation District.
10 October 2023
GFirst LEP: Net Zero Conference 2023
GFirst LEP and The Growth Hub are excited to bring you another inspiring Net Zero Conference this November!
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.
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If you’d like to help us in strengthening the economy of Gloucestershire, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.