European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is managed and administered by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) with key priorities of innovation, business support, ICT and the low carbon economy.  Below is information relating to the ERDF Funding Allocation for the Heart of the South West; details of Live ERDF funding opportunities for projects; Events for potential applicants; and details of Funded ERDF projects in the Heart of the South West . Please link underlined words to relevant section of the page if at all possible, to reduce scrolling.

ERDF Funding Allocation for the Heart of the South West

The figures below are correct as at 2 October 2017.

Fund Area*Notional AllocationContractedIn the business processTotal Contracted and in the Business ProcessNotes
Total£53,621,414£14,424,808£39,368,491£53,793,299
ERDF Transition Area (Plymouth, Torbay and Devon)£40,186,824£11,641,008£33,846,216£45,487, 224The value of contracted projects and applications in the business process will fluctuate as: existing ERDF proposals in the business process are considered and either approved or rejected; and new proposals are received by the DCLG in response to open calls for proposals.
ERDF More Developed Area (Somerset)£13,434,590£2,783,800£5,522,275£8,306,075

ERDF Funding Opportunities

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), as the ERDF Managing Authority, publishes ERDF calls for proposals setting out funding opportunities. Legally-constituted organisations (excluding sole traders) can submit ERDF funding applications to DCLG in response to open ERDF calls for proposals. A partnership can apply for ERDF as long as there is a named lead applicant organisation. There is a two-stage application process comprising submission of an outline application followed, subject to acceptance of the initial proposal, by submission of a full application.

The table below provides details of open ERDF calls for proposals for the Heart of the South West. Further information on how to apply for ERDF is provided in call specifications.

The next round of ERDF funding opportunities is expected to be published by DCLG in November 2017 and we anticipate that this will include some calls for proposals for the Heart of the South West.

Heart of the South West (All Areas)

Call Name and Reference and link to call specificationDescriptionERDF Call ValueDeadline for outline applicationsMatch-funding requirementsCall Status / Latest
TotalMore Developed Area (Somerset)Transition Area (Devon, Plymouth and Torbay)More Developed AreaTransition
Low Carbon: call in the Heart of South West

(Rolling Call) (OC16R16P0409)
Call for project proposals supporting the shift to a low carbon economy in the Heart of South West£5,000,000£2,500,000£2,500,000This is a rolling call with set points for review of outline applications. Remaining review points are: 31/10/2017, 31/01/2018 and 01/06/2018 Min 50%Min 40%Open

N.B. This call was updated in September 2017 following a review by DCLG of the ERDF low carbon priority.

Previously ineligible activity may now be able to attract funding. (link to newsletter)
SME Support - accessing new market opportunities: call in Heart of the South West (OC16R17P 0492)A call for the provision of support to enable SMEs to access opportunities around key growth sectors in the Heart of the South West£1,450,000£450,000£1,000,00013-May-17Min 50%Min 40%Closed
SME Support - inward investment: call in Heart of the South West (OC16R17P 0494)A call for activity to promote the Heart of the South West as a prime location for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and to attract more FDI businesses to the area.£1,350,000£450,000£900,00013-May-17Min 50%Min 40%Closed
SME Support - digital utilisation: call in the Heart of the South West (OC16R16P0408)Call for activity to support SMEs to take advantage of digital technologies to drive business transformation and growth£1,500,000£500,000£1,000,00017-Feb-17Min 50%Min 40%Closed
SME Support - investor readiness: call in the Heart of the South West (OC16R16P0407)Call for provision of investor readiness support to help SMEs access the finance they require to grow£2,950,000£700,000£2,250,00017-Feb-17Min 50%Min 40%Closed
SME Support: call in the Heart of the South West enterprise and incubation space (OC16R16P 0306)Call for enterprise and incubation space in the Heart of the South West where the market has failed to provide and there is evidenced unmet£4,000,000£1,000,000£3,000,000This was a rolling call with set points for review of outline applications and a final deadline of 27 October 2017, The call was closed before the final deadline by DCLG due to the number and value of proposals received by early review points. Min 50%Min 40%Closed

See live rolling call for enterprise and incubation space in the Transition area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay only. Call reference: OC16R16P0409
Information and Communications Technology: call in the Heart of the South West (OC16R16P 0361)Call for project proposals which will extend the availability of Superfast broadband networks in the Heart of the South West£4,600,000£1,600,000£3,000,00027-May-16Min 50%Min 40%Closed

The ERDF Superfast Extension Programme was funded through this call for proposals
SME Support: call in the Heart of the South West – social enterprise support (OC16R16P0307)Call for activity to support the start-up and growth of social enterprises in the Heart of the South West£1,335,000£335,000£1,000,00027-May-16Min 50%Min 40%Closed

The Enhance Social Enterprise Programme was funded through this call for proposals
Low carbon: call in the Heart of the South West (OC16R15P 0271)Call for project proposals supporting the shift to a low carbon economy in the Heart of South West£4,500,000£500,000£4,000,00029-Jan-16Min 50%Min 40%Closed

The ZEBCAT project was funded through this call for proposals

See the live rolling call for low carbon proposals in the Heart of the South West (reference OC16R16P0409)
SME support: call in Heart of the South West - Start Ups (OC16R15P 0164)Call for proposals to provide a programme of targeted support to start-up businesses across the Heart of the South West£750,000£250,000£500,00025-Sep-15Min 50%Min 40%Closed

The Start Up and Grow project was funded through this call for proposals
SME support: call in Heart of the South West - Growth Hubs (OC16R15P 0166)Call for a Growth Hub brokerage service£1,000,000£350,000£650,00025-Sep-15Min 50%Min 40%Closed

The Growth Support Programme was funded through this call for proposals
Research and Innovation: Call in the Heart of the South West (OC16R15P 0147)Call for activity to increase the innovation capacity and capabilities of SMEs in the Heart of the South West£500,000£125,000£375,00025-Sep-15Min 50%Min 40%Closed

The Innovate2Succed project was funded through this call for proposals
SME support - Growth Potential of Manufacturers: call in England (OC5015P 0120)Call for activity to support SME manufacturing businesses through enhancing and/or complementing existing manufacturing support provision£1,000,000£350,000£650,00006-May-15Min 50%Min 40%Closed

The Local Manufacturing Advisory Programme was funded through this call for proposals
SME support - International Trade Performance: call in England (OC5015P 0119)A call for business support activity to enhance the international trade performance of SMEs£1,312,500£500,000£812,50006-May-15Min 50%Min 40%Closed

The Export for Growth project was funded through this call for proposals

ERDF Transition Area (Plymouth, Torbay and Devon) only

Call Name and ReferenceDescriptionERDF Call ValueDeadline for outline applicationsMatch-funding requirementsCall Status / Latest
SME support: call in Heart of the South West – Enterprise and Incubation Space (Rolling Call) (OC16R16P 0489)Call for enterprise and incubation space proposals in the transition area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay only.£2,000,000This is a "rolling call" with set points for review of outline applications. Remaining review points are: 31/10/2017 and 31/01/2018Min 40%Open
Research and Innovation: call in Heart of the South West (OC16R17P 0574)A call for capital and/or revenue project proposals which lead to improved levels of innovation within enterprises in the Transition area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay £3,000,00008-Sep-17Min 40%Closed
SME support: call in Heart of the South West (OC16R17P 0575)A call for SME support project proposals that improve the competitiveness of SMEs in the Transition area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay by increasing growth capacity and capability and/or by increasing entrepreneurship£3,000,00008-Sep-17Min 40%Closed
SME Support – enterprise coaching call in the Heart of the South West (OC16R17P 0493)Call for activity to promote and support enterprise creation in recognised areas of deprivation and amongst under-represented groups in the Transition area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay only £2,000,00013-May-1740%Closed
Research and Innovation - Linking Students and Graduates to Industry: call in the Heart of the South West (OC16R16P 0406)Call for activity which builds the innovation capacity of SMES by linking students and graduate to industry in the "transition" area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay only£500,00017th February 201740%Closed
Research and Innovation (Smart Specialisation big data, environmental futures, healthy ageing, marine and agri-technology): call in the Heart of the South West (OC16R16P0304) Call for project proposals to further innovation in the marine, environmental futures, big data, healthy ageing and agri-tech areas of economic activity in the Transition area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay £8,025,00029-Jul-16Min 40%Closed

The Plymouth Materials Characterisation Project and Innovation in Healthy Ageing projects were funded through this call for proposals
Research and Innovation (Smart Specialisation – Photonics): call in the Heart of the South West (OC16R16P0305)Call for project proposals to further innovation in the photonics area of economic activity in the Transition area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay£1,375,00027-May-16Min 40%Closed

The Electronics and Photonics Innovation Centre (EPIC) project was funded through this call for proposals
Research and Innovation - agri-tech: call in the Heart of the South West (OC16R15P 0259)Call for project proposals to further innovation in the agri-tech area of economic activity in the Transition area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay£825,00029-Jan-16Min 40%Closed

No projects were funded through this call for proposals

ERDF More Developed Area (Somerset) only

Call Name and ReferenceDescriptionERDF Call ValueDeadline for outline applicationsMatch-funding requirementsCall Status / Latest
Research and Innovation - Aerospace: call in the Heart of the South West (OC16R16P 0405)Call for activity to further innovation in the aerospace sector in the more developed’ area of Somerset only£2,800,00017th February 2017Min 50%Closed
See rolling call above for "All Areas".
Call reference: OC16R16P0409

Need more information?

You may find our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document helpful when considering or preparing to apply.  A copy can be found here.

For any queries relating to any of the ERDF calls for proposals, please contact the Department for Communities and Local Government as the ERDF Managing Authority, at SW.ERDFenquiries@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Attend an ERDF info event, for more information about the programme and how to apply.  These events are free to attend, thanks to funding from the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment funds Growth Programme for England for the Heart of the South West Technical Assistance Project (link to landing page info on TA), and places are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Next eventResources
The next round of ERDF funding opportunities is expected to be published by DCLG on 8th December 2017 and we anticipate that this will include some calls for proposals for the Heart of the South West. The next Heart of the South West ERDF Info Event is, therefore, likely to be held in December 2017. Further details will be provided here in the coming weeks. New introductory video content
ERDF Info Events were held on:
19 July 2017
30 March 2017
7 December 2016
17 March
16 March 2016
Previous presentations

The Heart of the South West Partnership Database allows you to register your organisation’s interest in ESIF and to search for potential partners

Contracted ProjectTotal HotSW ERDF ValueTransition area - Devon, Plymouth and Torbay More Developed area - SomersetLink to Further Information
Innovate2Succeed£500,000 ERDFxxhttps://www.businesswest.co.uk/about/partners-programmes/innovate2succeed
Plymouth Materials Characterisation Project£1,028,529 ERDF xhttps://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/about-us/university-structure/faculties/science-engineering/electron-microscopy-centre
Innovation in Healthy Ageing£655,448 ERDFxhttps://new.devon.gov.uk/economy/business-support/innovation-in-healthy-ageing
Electronics and Photonics Innovation Centre (EPIC)£1,375,000xxhttp://www.torbaydevelopmentagency.co.uk/projects/regeneration/epic
Superfast Broadband Extension Programme£4,625,000 ERDF xxhttps://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/phase-ii/
Local Manufacturing Advisory Programme£717,980xXhttps://www.swmas.co.uk/business-support/local-manufacturing-advisory-programme-0
Export for Growth£1,312,500xxhttps://www.export4growth.co.uk/about-export
Start-Up and Grow£750,000xxhttps://www.heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk/business-support-programmes/start-up-and-grow/
Growth Support Programme£904,945xxhttps://www.heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk/business-support-programmes/growth-support-programme/
Enhance Social Enterprise Programme (Enhance SE)£1,053,610xxhttps://www.heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk/business-support-programmes/heart-south-west-enhance-social-enterprise/
Zero Energy Building Catalyst (ZEBCAT)£1,497,185xhttps://www.regensw.co.uk/zebcat