ERDF Guidance Updates

03.12.2018

The government’s guarantee for EU-funded programmes if there’s no Brexit deal

How UK organisations such as charities, businesses and universities who receive EU funding would be affected if the UK leaves the EU with ‘no deal’.

4:22pm, 3 December 2018: Updated with ‘Actions for businesses and other stakeholders’

29.11.2018

European Structural and Investment Funds eligibility documents

Eligibility documents for the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund.

11:22am, 29 November 2018: Version 9 of the ERDF Eligibility Guidance has been published. Changes include incorporating new guidance on undertakings in difficulty and also changes to the Common Provisions Regulation EU 1303/2013, following the issue of Regulation EU 2018/1046.

15.11.2018

European Structural and Investment Funds: case studies

A selection of case study booklets highlighting European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund projects.

12:00pm, 15 November 2018: The European Social Fund 2014 to 2020: case study booklets 2018 has been published

12.11.2018

European Structural and Investment Funds: case studies

A selection of case study booklets highlighting European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund projects.

European Regional Development Fund 2014 to 2020 case study booklet for 2018 published.

10.10.2018

European Structural and Investment Funds eligibility documents

Eligibility documents for the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund.

Revised ‘European Social Fund data evidence requirements – eligibility and results’, now version 3.

10.10.2018

European Structural and Investment Funds: outputs and results

Guidance and forms relating to the outputs and results for the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund.

Revised ‘Output and result indicator definitions guidance for the European Social Fund’, now version 2.

18.09.2018

European Structural and Investment Funds state aid documents

State aid documents for the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund.

Added Calculating Gross Grant Equivalent Guidance for ERDF and ESF.

07.09.2018

European Structural and Investment Funds programme guidance

Programme guidance documents for the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund.

ERDF Priority Axis 4 Guidance has been updated to version 5.

30.08.2018

Technical Assistance – Smart Specialisation: call in England (OC00R18P 0781)

Call to run a Technical Assistance project on smart specialisation in England.

10.08.2018

European Structural and Investment Funds programme guidance

Programme guidance documents for the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund.

The ESF Scoring Framework has been updated, additional narrative has been added to clarify that the use of the numerical scores does not apply for some types of ESF Project applications

28.07.2018

England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds

Information about the European Structural and Investment Funds programme for 2014 to 2020 in England.

The 2018 determination report which looks at the Strategic Environmental Assessment has been published.

25.07.18

European Structural and Investment Funds programme guidance

Programme guidance documents for the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund.

The ESIF Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities Mainstreaming Plan has been added.

28.06.18

European Structural and Investment Funds: outputs and results

Guidance and forms relating to the outputs and results for the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund. Updated version 6 published to correct an error in the last version regarding C30 verification evidence box. This has been updated to correct references regarding the need for an independent verification that supports the claim of the manufacturer.

European Regional Development Fund: privacy notice
Privacy notice for the European Regional Development Fund.

24.05.18

The ESIF outline application for and outline application guidance have been up updated to version 8.

The ESIF Full application form and full application guidance have been updated to version 8 and 7 respectively.

03.04.18

ERDF Eligibility Guidance has been updated to V8 to amend the section of the Eligibility Guidance covering Capital Expenditure – Contingencies (page 17) to clarify the process for grant recipients calculating and claiming the cost of contingencies and the section covering Hourly Rates (page 30: bullet points) to clarify that a project staff member does not need to meet all four criteria to be required to complete time sheets.

This will be published on GOV.UK in due course.

ESIF-GN-1-003 ERDF Eligibility Guidance v8

10.01.18

ERDF Output Indicators Definition Guidance V5 has been produced, updated January 2018. A number of changes have been made to the document which are listed in the first few pages of the updated document. This will be published on GOV.UK in due course.

ERDF Output Indicators Definition Guidance v5

In addition new documents were produced in December 2017:

ESIF Application Form V6

ESIF Outline Application Guidance V6

These documents have been published on the GOV.UK website here.

13.09.17

The ERDF Priority Axis 4 Guidance has been updated to V4.

As part of the modification of the Operational Programme a review of the Priority 4 Guidance was undertaken. The changes provide greater flexibility for projects to deliver activity and collect greenhouse gas reductions. Please refer to page 2 of the document which provides a summary of the changes made in relation to V3.

07.04.17

An updated ERDF 14-20 document has been produced:

Project Underperformance Approach Process Note for Grant Recipients V3

  • This new version provides clarification of how underperformance methodology will be applied where there are fewer than 4 contracted outputs and for TA projects

02.03.17

ERDF Claims Process for Grant Recipients has been updated to version 2

  • Version 2 no longer states it is possible for the ‘On the Spot Verification (OTSV) visit for any retrospective expenditure to be combined with the Project Inception Visit (PIV).
  • There is a new section on ‘Transactions relating to SME match’ (pp.9-10), which details how such transactions (as long as the relevant claim has not been selected for an OTSV visit) may be ‘packaged’ together to be on one line on the Transaction List

20.02.17

European Structural and Investment Funds National Procurement Requirements has been updated to version 5.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/592852/ESIF-GN-1-001_ESIF_National_Procurement_Requirements_v5.pdf

Changes have been made to Chapter 6, in particular the National Rules.

  • A paragraph at section 25 about delegated grant has been removed and footnote 45 at p.36 has been added. This should clarify for everyone following the national rules; “The route followed is based on the full value of the contract and not linked to the amount of ERDF involved, the value of the grant or the project intervention rate”. These changes are effective from the date of publication and are not retrospective.

10.02.17

Updated ERDF 14-20 documents have been produced and can be found using this link as follows:

Full Application Form V6

Full Application Form Guidance V6

ESIF-GN-2-004 Full Application Form Guidance v6

08.12.16

Please use the below link for a new version of the ERDF Eligibility Guidance (V5)

esif-gn-1-003-erdf-eligibility-guidance-v5

This has been amended in three areas:

  • SME match funding section regarding repayment of ERDF (page 9)
  • Eligible Capital Expenditure section to include the apportionment of costs (page 17)
  • Revenue section to include Broadband project management costs as eligible expenditure (pages 31 & 32)

21.11.16

Please use the following links for new ERDF 14-20 documents.

ERDF and ESF Performance Management Strategy Guidance V1

ESIF Counter Fraud Guidance