Within the Liverpool City Region, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was tasked by Government to develop the ESIF Strategy, working with the Combined Authority, local authorities, higher and further education, the private, environmental and voluntary sector as well as with Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

During 2013, the LEP organised 2 large EU stakeholder events, numerous workshops, and established an EU Advisory Group and EU Post 2013 Group, made up of a wide range of local partners, to develop and test ideas for our local ESIF. This document has been refreshed and the final version of our ESIF Strategy was submitted to Government in February 2016.

The main areas of focus for the ESIF are the 5 Portfolio areas – Blue / Green Economy, Business Economy, Innovation Economy, Inclusive Economy, Place and Connectivity which map onto the main Priority Axes of the England ERDF and ESF Operational Programmes. These are the overarching documents, guiding delivery of ESIF Programmes and defining eligible activities.

During 2015, an area based Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) Strategy was agreed from the city region’s ERDF allocation. This Programme targets cycling and walking, as well as new technology and alternative fuels to deliver sustainable transport across the city region.

Governance – LCR ESIF Committee

The LEP area ESI Funds Sub-Committees are sub-committees of the England Growth Programme Board (GPB), managed by MHCLG. They support the GPB’s role in considering overall Operational Programme performance by specifically looking at and advising on the local, on-the-ground implementation of the programme, via project calls and applications.

The Liverpool City Region ESIF Sub-Committee oversees the development and delivery of the EU Programme across our City Region. It is jointly chaired by the CA and the LEP. Membership is drawn from partners within the city region and is linked to the CA and LEP governance structures to ensure alignment between ESIF investments, city region strategies, priorities and investment funds.

All calls for projects are managed on a national basis by Government and are published on the website. Calls are open on a Priority Axes (PA) basis rather than the portfolio approach in the ESIF Strategy.

The CA drafts the local development needs section of all calls for projects so that they address the needs of the City Region’s businesses and individuals in line with LCR strategies.

The LCR ESIF Sub-Committee advises the CA, MHCLG and DWP on the local strategic fit of project applications, based on the formal joint assessment carried out by the CA and Government Departments.


The ESIF Programme is delivered through open calls or through procurement (ESF only). In the case of open calls, these will be advertised on the website. They include standard text and a local development needs section, which will specify LCR priorities.

Once an open call is live on the website, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority based Technical Assistance Team will organise a workshop which will set out the priorities for the particular call and will provide assistance requested by any potential applicants.

Current Calls

There are currently a number of ERDF calls open in Liverpool City Region – in  PA1 Research and Innovation, there is a call for projects in the transition region of LCR (CLICK HERE) and a PA1 funding opportunity for the More Developed region available through Cheshire & Warrington’s Programme (CLICK HERE); in PA3 SME Support has a local call (CLICK HERE) and a pan-LEP call (CLICK HERE); and in PA4 Low Carbon, again, a local call (CLICK HERE) and a pan LEP call (CLICK HERE).  Outline application submissions for any of these calls must be received by MHCLG by 30th September. Further information and application packs are available through the website.

MHCLG are holding a North West Event in Preston on Friday 19th July. Attendance can be booked through Eventbrite via the following link –

There will also be a series of local meetings for each Priority Axis held in Mann Island, (in room GA 25), on Tuesday 23rd July. The timings are:

  • PA4 Low Carbon 10:00 to 11:30am
  • PA3 SME Support 1:00 to 2:30 pm
  • PA1 Research & Innovation 3:00 to 4:30pm

All are welcome, but it is essential you email your intention to attend the local meetings to Angela Hanaghan, details provided below; attendance at the regional event in Preston is through an Eventbrite booking only.

ERDF – European Regional Development Fund

For any queries relating to ERDF and the current ERDF funding opportunity, please contact Angela Hanaghan by email on or telephone on 07388 719 062

ESF – European Social Fund

For any queries relating to ESF funding, please contact Paul Amann on
or 07715 602 713