The ESIF Programme is delivered through open calls or through procurement. In the case of open calls, these will be advertised on the gov.uk website. They include standard text and a local development needs section, which will specify LCR priorities. Once an open call is live on the gov.uk website, the LEP based Technical Assistance Team will organise a workshop which will set out the priorities for the particular call. The issuing of calls has been temporarily suspended by Government as a result of the recently announced General Elections and the requirement to comply with Purdah during this period. Please continue to visit these pages for updates, or call the Technical Assistance Team – contact details given in the relevant funding sections below. ESF – European Social Fund There are currently NO CALLS open for ESF but links to any future funding opportunities will be posted on this web page. For any queries relating to ESF funding, please contact Angela Woodward (ESF Programme Officer) at the LEP on 0151 237 3894 or email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. The SUD Plan is to be officially launched on 4th July 2017, timed to tie in with the imminent launch of the first call for projects. For any further information, please contact Angela Hanaghan in the first instance on 0151 237 3969 or Angela.Hanaghan@liverpoollep.org ESIF – Rural Growth – Call Open 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 Jonathan Jackson on 0151 237 3905 or email@example.com.