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What is the Growth Programme?

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Programme is the European economic regeneration programme for the region. Running until 2020, it contributes to the EU and local ambition to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The programme is funded through the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

How much does Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly receive?

The ESIF Growth Programme is worth over €600 million and is made up of three funding streams:

  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is worth circa €450 million
  • European Social Fund (ESF) is worth around €166 million
  • European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

The EAFRD fund will have a smaller allocation of £9.4 million which will align with the wider Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Programme.

Why do Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly receive funds from the EU?

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly qualify for additional funding as our economic performance was below 75% of the European Union average when the programme was originally developed.

The Growth Programme started in 2014 and is the third significant round of EU funding received by Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It builds on the previous Objective One (2000-2006) and Convergence (2007-2013) Programmes.

What is the funding used for?

The ESIF Growth Programme has funded over 100 projects across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, investing for instance in businesses, research and development, low carbon initiatives, infrastructure, employment and training, agriculture, with the overall objective to improve the quality of life of Cornish citizens.

A comprehensive list of the funded projects is available here >

You can also visit our project pages here >

To read about the impact of the programme in the county through our series of case studies click here >

How can I access funding?

Funding for a new project

If you would like to submit an application in response to a live funding call visit the Applicants and delivery Partners zone >.

Funding and support for businesses

If you are a start-up or business looking to access support from our one of funded projects, visit the visit the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth and Skills Hub for free, impartial and independent business or skills advice.

Funding and support for individuals

If you are an individual looking for support to improve your skills, find work or training or volunteering opportunities, visit our projects page to find the full list of ESF projects that could help you. If you need further guidance you can contact us by  email on growthprogramme@cornwall.gov.uk or call us on 01872 224770.

Funding for community projects

The Community Led Local Development (CLLD) project is one of the ESIF Growth Programme funded projects. CLLD has funding available for projects or initiatives that support the local community. To find out more about the team and how they can help visit communityledcornwall.co.uk >.

What happens to the EU funding during the transition period?

Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will continue to participate in programmes funded under the current 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until their closure.

This means that the projects funded through the ESIF Growth Programme will continue to receive EU funding across the programme’s lifetime. In many cases, funding will continue until after 2020 and the end of the transition period. In addition, UK organisations can continue to bid for new grant funding under the current MFF.

As well as continuing to take part in these programmes until they close, the arrangements project deliverers are familiar with will continue as normal throughout, whatever the terms under which the Implementation Period ends. Grant recipients should therefore continue to deliver activities and submit claims to departments in line with Grant Funding Agreements.

Applications for funding under the programmes will also be progressed as usual, either for existing bids or applications for new funding.

Further appraisal and contracting of projects from recent calls will be undertaken.

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