The two main European Funding programmes in the North East are the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) programmes.

ERDF 2007-2013
ERDF investment in the North East England for 2007-13 is focusing on two key priorities - Enhancing & Exploiting Innovation and Business Growth & Enterprise that are closely aligned with the Regional Economic Strategy and reflect the EU Lisbon Agenda to promote growth and employment in European Member States. A third priority - Technical Assistance - will support the administration, delivery and evaluation of the programmes.

The Department for Communities and Local Government is responsible for day-to-day management and implementation of the ERDF programme and is accountable to the Local Management Committee, ensuring that the region complies with European Union regulations and delivers an ambitious and successful programme.


ESF 2007-2013
ESF provides up to 50% of the cost of the programmes that support training, human resources development and equal opportunities scheme leading to the promotion of employment opportunities and workforce development. The other 50% is to be met through match-funding. In the North East, the programme is worth £157 million for the period 2007-2013.

The programme has two priorities:

  • Extending employment opportunities
  • Developing a skilled and adaptable workplace

The management of ESF is undertaken through three co-financing organisations. The lead agencies are the Department for Work and Pensions, Skills Funding Agency and the National Offender Management Service. Each agency has its own co-financing plan in place which will allow project activity to be delivered from January 2011 to December 2013.

For more information regarding funding opportunities linked to these programmes please contact the Strategic Programmes and Europe Team.