The ESIF Programme is delivered through open calls or through procurement. In the case of open calls, these will be advertised on the website. They include standard text and a local development needs section, which will specify LCR priorities.

Once an open call is live on the website, the LEP based Technical Assistance Team will organise a workshop which will set out the priorities for the particular call.

ESF – European Social Fund

DWP recently published a call for Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) funded activity to support young people into work across Liverpool City Region – please see link below:

The employment rate of working age residents in the Liverpool City Region remains lower than the national average, with younger residents facing specific challenges in finding employment. Some young people are significantly less likely to be in (or able to compete for) sustainable employment than others.

Project proposals must deliver additional, innovative and more intensive provision that meets the needs of the specific groups of young people listed in the call (e.g. those with disabilities, experience of the care system etc.) and local labour markets. Proposals should demonstrate a personalised and staged approach to prepare participants for sustainable employment, through development of their employability skills.

Examples of types of provision include activities such as – job focused training, provision of training to achieve English, Maths & IT qualifications at level 2, supported internships and progression into supported and open employment via wrap around support.
Key information below:
Funding available: Approximately £7.6m (£3.8m ESF and £3.8m YEI ) of funding is available
Deadline: deadline for Full Applications is 23 April 2017
Coverage: projects must cover the whole of Liverpool City Region.
Timescale: Estimated project start date is July 2017 and YEI funds must be spent by no later than 31 July 2018.

The LEP is holding a workshop for potential applicants to provide further detail about the call, details are below:

Date: Friday 10th March
Time: 10am – 12 noon
Venue: Marketing Suite, 4th Floor, 12 Princes Parade, Liverpool, L3 1BG

Places are limited, so if you would like to attend, please email as soon as possible.

For any queries, please contact Angela Woodward, ESF Programme Officer on 0151 237 3894 or

ERDF – European Regional Development Fund
There are currently NO CALLS open for ERDF but links to any future funding opportunities will be posted on this web page.

For any queries relating to ERDF funding, please contact Angela Hanaghan (ERDF Programme Officer) at the LEP on 0151 237 3969 or

ERDF – Sustainable Urban Development (SUD)
As part of the ESIF Strategy, Liverpool City Region developed a Sustainable Urban Development Strategy, which is focused on integrated actions for sustainable urban mobility and green infrastructure, with the aim of reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions. It pools ERDF resources from PA4 (Low Carbon) and PA6 (Enhancing the Environment).

The SUD Strategy has three strands of activity: Creating and enhancing connectivity through the development of green corridors to promote walking and cycling into and between economic growth priorities, including biodiversity benefits; Complementary measures that promote and incentivise sustainable, active and low carbon travel via smart technologies; and the development of alternative fuels to reduce carbon emissions from public sector transport services

The Sustainable Urban Development Plan for Liverpool City Region is available here. A call is planned for early 2017.

For any further information, please contact Angela Hanaghan in the first instance on 0151 237 3969 or 

ESIF – Rural Growth
The RPA has recently opened the call for applications under the Rural Growth part of the Liverpool City Region ESIF Strategy. The call is focused on supporting micro and small businesses with capital grants only, as part of the Business Development theme, and will be open for 12 months. A total of £340k will be available, with grants between £40-170k. Please note that only businesses in eligible rural areas can apply. The call can be found here.

For further information, please contact Andrew Carey on 0151 237 3905 or