Making Sense of ESIF

ESIF – European Structural Investment Funds
The ESIF aims to increase social and economic prosperity across Europe and reduce the gaps between regions; creating a more competitive, prosperous and inclusive Europe.
The ESIF comprises of 3 elements with their own specific thematic objectives:


European Social Fund (ESF)
  • Promoting employment and supporting labour mobility;
  • Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty;
  • Investing in education, skills and lifelong learning;
  • Enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration.


European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
  • Innovation and research;
  • The digital agenda;
  • Support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
  • The low-carbon economy.


European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
  • Fostering knowledge transfer and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas;
  • Enhancing the viability and competitiveness of all types of agriculture, and promoting innovative farm technologies and sustainable forest management;
  • Promoting food chain organisation, animal welfare and risk management in agriculture;
  • Restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture and forestry;
  • Promoting resource efficiency and supporting the shift toward a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy in the agriculture, food and forestry sectors;
  • Promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas.


Who Can Apply For ESIF Monies?
 – Check National Eligibility Guidelines
ESF Basic Eligibility – Who can apply:
Local and Regional Authorities, Training Centres, Administrations States, Development Non Government Organisations, SMEs, Universities, Non-profit organisations.
ERDF Basic Eligibility – Who can apply:
Research Centres, Local and Regional Authorities, Training Centres, Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, SMEs, Non-profit organisations.