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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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Applications are invited through a series of Calls for specific activities. A Call is an open invitation for applicants to submit proposals against a published specification. The use of Calls enables the ITI Board and the Managing Authority to specify what they wish to fund and how they wish to fund it, but not who will deliver it. Inviting applications via Calls can bring forward a range of ideas and innovative solutions, as well as helping to ensure that the process for selecting grants is open, transparent and consistent.

Calls are issued on the Government website.

Application forms and guidance on their completion are available here.

Support with applications is also available from the Access to the Programme Team: accesstotheprogramme@cornwalldevelopmentcompany.co.uk or 01872 323248.

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership’s Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) Board, which has representatives from key local organisations and sectors, meets regularly with the three Managing Authorities to discuss the programme and project submissions.

The ITI Board provide their assessments of the projects to the Managing Authorities who then guide the projects through the application process, looking at areas such as due diligence, financial probity, strategic fit etc.

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

  1. European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is worth circa €450 million.
  2. European Social Fund (ESF) is worth around €166 million
  3. 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.

European Social Fund (ESF)

Focuses on improving employment opportunities, promoting social inclusion and investing in skills by providing help people need to fulfil their potential.

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Supports research and innovation, small to medium sized enterprises and creation of a low carbon economy.

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

Supports rural businesses to grow and expand.

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

Helps fishermen in the transition to sustainable fishing and supports coastal communities in diversifying their economies by financing projects that create new jobs and improve quality of life along European coasts.

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There are a number of different ways to find out if you qualify for European funding depending on your circumstances.

In the first instance, give the ITI Support Team a call on 01872 224770 to find out more or contact the Programme Facilitation Team on 01872 323248 or accesstotheprogramme@cornwalldevelopmentcompany.co.uk.

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. This programme of European funding builds on the previous Objective One and Convergence Programmes

Here is a list of the European Regional Development Fund investments : http://www.erdfconvergence.org.uk/investments/

Here are some of the ERDF Convergence successes that the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme plans to build on:

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Yes, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) helps fishermen in the transition to sustainable fishing and supports coastal communities in diversifying their economies by financing projects that create new jobs and improve quality of life along European coasts.

The UK programme is worth €243 million, of which €92.1 million is allocated to England.

EMFF funding is separate from, but aligned to the ESIF Growth Programme which consists of the European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

How to apply for EMFF

There are five ESIF funds, four of which can be accessed in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; these are:

  1. the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
  2. the European Social Fund (ESF)
  3. the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
  4. and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

The Managing Authority (MA) for ERDF is the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), whilst the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) manages ESF.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is the MA for EAFRD and EMFF.

To apply for European funding applicants must be legally constituted bodies and not individuals or sole traders.

Applicant organisations can normally be from the public or private sector, although the exact nature of the applicants will be determined by the requirements of each individual Call.

Potential applicant organisations include, but are not limited to:

  • local authorities,
  • statutory and non-statutory public funded organisations/bodies,
  • higher and further education institutions,
  • voluntary/community organisations,
  • private sector companies,
  • registered charities,
  • not for profit organisations.

Opt-in organisations are national public bodies who offer to deliver locally tailored activities. They will draw down ESIF monies and provide the match funding needed from their own national funding programmes.

The national opt-in organisations are as follows:

  • Big Lottery (ESF)
  • Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESF)
  • Department for Work and Pensions (ESF)

If you have a question about making an application please see FAQs for Applicants.


Loan and equity funds are now available to businesses.

Referred to previously as ‘financial instruments’ details can be found on the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF) page or go directly to the CIOSIF website.