The Government has confirmed arrangements for the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) in England for funding, projects delivery and applications for funding.
In a deal, under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, it would mean that the European Structural and Investment Funds, including ERDF and ESF, will continue to support our growth and productivity plans until the programmes end.
Organisations receiving funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
The Government has guaranteed that, if we leave the EU without a deal and the EU ceases to pay UK organisations, MHCLG will continue to fund all ERDF projects which would have been funded by the EU under the 2014-2020 programme period. The updated ERDF Technical Notice provides further information on how this will affect you if you already receive funding from an ERDF project or if you want to apply for funding.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal and you have an ERDF funding agreement, your project will be managed largely through existing systems until notified otherwise. This includes arrangements for audit, monitoring and evaluation which ensure that project spending continues to deliver good value for money and domestic priorities.
The MHCLG as the Managing Authority for ERDF will let you know if any changes are introduced, including if there are any variations to your funding agreement.
This means that if you have an ERDF funding agreement you should carry on delivering the growth and productivity targets you have agreed and continue to make claims for payment promptly. You should also continue to follow audit requirements and keep a full record of activity as explained in your funding agreement, including evidence of your compliance with EU procurement requirements.
Applications for funding
If you have applied for funding and your application is being considered by MHCLG, please do continue to engage with the department as requested, so that your bid can be progressed. If you are interested in applying to deliver a project after the UK has left the EU, MHCLG will continue to provide information about future funding opportunities.
These arrangements ensure that funding will continue to flow to communities, businesses and people under all Brexit scenarios. Your ongoing engagement in the programmes is key to their success and to the prosperity of the places projects are helping to support.
Organisations receiving funding from the European Social Fund (ESF)
The government has guaranteed funding for European Social Fund (ESF) projects if there’s a no-deal Brexit. The guarantee will fund new and existing projects until programme closure.
You should continue to make claims for payment and deliver the funding under current arrangements as contracted.
You must follow the existing processes for:
- monitoring and evaluation
- making claims for payment
On 21 October 2019 the Government updated the Technical Notice published on GOV.UK setting out how organisations receiving ESF grants will be affected after Brexit. European Social Fund after Brexit.