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European Funding

Investing European Union funding in Greater Birmingham & Solihull

In June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union following a referendum.

We will keep you and local partners updated on any changes affecting the delivery of European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF) projects. In the meantime, if you have any specific queries, please contact:

  • Kathryn Dews, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), for questions concerning the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) –
  • Roger Allonby, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) for questions concerning the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) –

For the latest announcement from Government regarding EU funding,  issued on 13th August, 2016, please follow the link here


Sustainable Urban Development call to support the shift towards a low carbon economy and preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency. The deadline for this call is 30th March 2018. For more information, click here


There are currently no open calls for ESF.


Solihull Council (SMBC) is leading on an ESF Technical Assistance and an ERDF Technical Assistance project to support potential applicants. Whilst we are not able to advise which projects will be successful, it and other local authorities and partners involved can provide some pointers.

There is a dedicated mailbox to help people develop ESIF eligible projects or direct them to the relevant thematic groups. The mail box address is

Technical Assistance Supported Thematic Groups

ERDF PRIORITY: INNOVATION AND R&D – focused on four key growth sectors:
Life Sciences, Digital and Creative, Low Carbon & Advanced Manufacturing
In addition to cross cutting approaches to drive the development of an innovation ecosystem and SME excellence.

The Thematic Lead for this Priority is Katie Judge

ERDF PRIORITY: STIMULATING BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE – driving a coherent research and evidence-led approach to business advice, business start-ups and business support with a focus on the 15 key sectors chosen in the Strategy for Growth.

The Thematic Lead for this Priority is Ian Mclaughlan

ERDF PRIORITY: LOW CARBON COMMUNITIES – focusing activity on driving growth in the low carbon economy, through actions on energy efficiency and its economic impact on the supply chain, sustainable transport and resource efficiency.

The Thematic Lead for this Priority is Pat Laughlin (

Find out more about P4: Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectorswith this fact sheet and fact sheet supplemental

Find out more about P6: Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency with this fact sheet

ERDF PRIORITY: SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT (SUD)  – a ring fenced allocation from P4 and P6 focused around UKC and HS2.  The allocation of this funding is centered on the SUD Strategy, as well as the priorities of P4 and P6.

The lead for SUD is Nathan Smallwood (


ESF PRIORITY: INCLUSIVE LABOUR MARKETS – Aiming to increase participation in the labour market and thereby improve social inclusion and mobility.  This priority axis brings together ESF investment priorities from thematic objectives 8 (employment) and 9 (social inclusion). Supporting access to employment for job seekers and inactive people, active inclusion, the sustainable integration of young people and community led local development.

The Thematic Lead for this priority is Maria Lopez (

ESF PRIORITY: SKILLS FOR GROWTH – Aimed at enhancing equal access to lifelong learning, improving the skills of individuals to meet their goals and the needs of the local economy. Improving the labour market relevance of education and training systems, improving employer engagement, participation and engagement in learning so that it is responsive to the needs of the local economy. These investment priorities are from thematic objectives 10 (skills). However the priority axes will contribute indirectly to thematic objectives 8 and 9 by training people in skills that sustain and enhance their employment and reduce the risk of social exclusion.

The Thematic Lead for this priority is Maria Lopez (

Further reading/links