European Structural and Investment Funds

The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are the European Union’s main funding programmes for supporting growth and jobs across the EU. They formed a small but significant part of the UK Government’s overall growth activity.

The following programmes are now concluding. For details of projects, please visit our Projects page.

In the UK, the ESIF were made up of the:

These three funds together formed a single Growth programme (known as ESIF) with individual operational programmes aligned to maximise support for jobs and growth.

ESIF & Dorset LEP

The £6 billion funds within the Growth Programme were allocated to England's 39 LEP areas, where they could be used to support employment, skills and research, amongst other areas.

LEPs were responsible for setting local ESIF strategies and encouraging local business to utilise the opportunities brought on by EU funding to improve their business and the local area.

Dorset LEP, in line with national policy, wrote the 2014-2020 ESIF Strategy for Dorset. This strategy supported the Strategic Economic Vision for Dorset and delivery of the Dorset Growth Deal.

Dorset’s ESIF allocation was £47.1m.

Click here to download a copy of the Dorset LEP’s ESIF strategy for 2014-2020.

Click here to download a copy of Dorset ERDF outputs. 

Dorset ESIF Committee

Dorset ESIF Committee, formed in line with EU guidance, provided advice to central government (the managing authority) on the strategic fit of projects proposed to deliver within Dorset

To view the full list of Dorset ESIF committee members, please click here.