The European Social Fund (ESF) is managed and administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) with key priorities of employment and skills. Below is information relating to the ESF Funding Allocation for the Heart of the South West; details of ESF funding opportunities for projects; Events for potential applicants; and details of Funded ESF projects in the Heart of the South West.
|ESF Transition Area (Plymouth, Torbay and Devon)
|â‚¬34,548,394 ( £30,129,872)
|ESF More Developed Area (Somerset)
|â‚¬16,308,402 ( £14,188,301)
|â‚¬50,856,796 ( £44,381,182)
ESF funding opportunities in the Heart of the South West include:
Legally-constituted organisations can apply for ESF monies. A partnership can apply for ESF as long as there is a named lead applicant organisation.
For any queries relating to ESF in the Heart of the South West, please contact HotSWESIF@somerset.gov.uk
Attend an ESF info event, for more information about the programme and how to apply. These events are scheduled to align with the launch of ESF funding opportunities. 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, and places are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Please e-mail HotSWESIF@somerset.gov.uk to be notified of future events.
David Ralph started as Chief Executive of Heart of South West LEP at the beginning of June 2018. Previously, he had spent 5 years as CEO of the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (D2N2) LEP from 2013 where he oversaw the development of the D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan and sector strategies, 3 Growth Deals with HM Government to deliver a £1billion capital investment programme, securing and implementing £200m ESIF programme, the Derby and Nottingham Enterprise Zone, the D2N2 Skills Deal and Time for Innovation programme, community fund and led the executive team to develop the HS2 East Midlands hub. He was also closely involved in the proposed North Midlands Devolution Deal and one of the key architects in establishing the Midlands Engine, chairing the officer steering group. Whilst in this role David was a NED of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone, and Marketing NG, the Outer Estates Foundation and a Governor of Nottingham College and on the advisory Board of Nottingham Business School.
Before the East Midlands, David was CEO of the Have Gateway Partnership working closely with local stakeholders including the ports of Felixstowe, Harwich and Ipswich and BT Adadastral Park across Suffolk and Essex and prior to that was Chief Exec of the Barton Hill New Deal for Communities programme in Bristol and the Nelm Development Trust in Norwich.
David is a keen sailor, walker and trail runner.