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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:

For the latest announcement from the Government regarding EU funding, please click here

Information about funds available is here.

Details of current funding opportunities here

Read the latest ERDF bulletin here

The Final Call for ERDF Project Applications is Now Open:

  • £18.5 Million is now available for projects in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull area through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
  • The call for project applications opened on 30th June & the deadline for outline applications is 30th
  • Full details can be found at:
  • This will be the final opportunity to apply for funds ring-fenced for the Greater Birmingham & Solihull area
  • Specialist support is available to help you with your project application.  Email:
  • The Technical Assistance team are holding a briefing event on 8th July to promote the call. Details here:


The ERDF aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion by correcting imbalances between its regions.

ERDF Technical Assistance

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 (


The ESF is Europe’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens. It works by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people and all those seeking a job.

Please click here for more information on ESF call outs currently available to SMEs.

Please go to the ‘news‘ section of our website to find any new ESF call outs.

ESF Techincal Assistance

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 (


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


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