Funding Themes

ESIF in the Coast to Capital LEP area

The full plans that the Coast to Capital LEP submitted to Government can be found on their website. Please click on the button below.

WebsiteCoast to Capital’s Objectives for ESIF funding

Coast to Capital has identified 6 overarching thematic objectives with key priorities for each objective. There are indicative levels of ESIF funding associated with each of these priorities and the impact expected from work funded in this area. Negotiations are still continuing on these priorities so this is subject to change.

Thematic Objective

Promoting Social Inclusion and Combatting Poverty

Priority – Develop wrap-around, multi-agency support for the LTU, NEETs, NEETs 18+ younger and older workers, lone parents, disabled, families with complex needs and other target groups e.g. travel to work, in-work support, finance and debt management, alcohol harm reduction, basic skills training etc.

ESIF investment total 2014-2020: £2,868,270


  • Strengthening of the capacity of agencies active in the field
  • Improved outcomes for the individuals with whom these agencies engage
  • Increased employment and social mobility

Priority – Increase social inclusion through developing innovative solutions including asses based community development, developing community leadership and capacity, supporting innovative business models e.g. social enterprises and promoting informal and community learning

ESIF investment total 2014-2020: £4,302,405


  • Strengthened and sustainable community capacity to deliver local solutions 
  • Increased social inclusion


Strengthening research, technological development and innovation.

Priority – Promote Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) / Higher Education Institution (HEI) / public sector collaborative research and innovation and commercialisation, including collaboration with HEIs and local business research and innovation institutes within and across our five priority sectors and our specialised technology futures.

ESIF investment total 2014-2020: £7,170,675


  • Increased commercialisation of innovation / bringing innovations to market / help to SMEs to monetise innovations
  • Increased knowledge transfer between HEIs, centre of expertise and SMEs
  • A greater understanding on the part of SMEs of the benefits of / offer from working with HEIs and innovation
  • An increase in number of graduate spinouts


Enhancing the Competiveness of SMEs

Priority – Develop growth capacity and ambition for SMEs and strengthen their supply chains in our priority sectors and clusters, among businesses exploiting our Technology Futures and in priority areas. Provide intensive support for potential high growth businesses in sectors of economic significance the clean, green and marine industries, land-based businesses, tourism, food and drink through promoting innovation and other high performance practices and enabling investment readiness and much greater internationalisation.

ESIF investment total 2014-2020: £7,170,675


  • Embedded sector and clusters in our area
  • Local supply chain development
  • Broader value chain development
  • Improved image for Coast to Capital  as a centre of high value added business sectors and clusters and as a centre of sectoral expertise and specialist business support

Priority – Improve business support for all stages of SME development and growth including support for business start-up, leadership and management, innovation and internationalisation, using private and public sector providers and provide business start-up support focused on the needs of under performing areas and sections of the community

ESIF investment total 2014-2020: £8,604,810


  • Added value brought to a fragmented business support landscape in order to bring about:
  • Increased survival rates of businesses
  • Greater capacity on the part of businesses to plan, succeed and grow
  • Greater ability for businesses to access European / international markets 
  • Increased exports


Supporting the Shift to a Low Carbon Economy in All Sectors

Priority – Support our Low carbon and environmental goods and services (LCEGS) sector and develop its supply chains. Provide support for SMEs to innovate, develop and deploy low carbon solutions. Promote the transfer of low carbon technologies between sectors. Support SMEs to engage in knowledge transfer with HEIs and Further Education Institution (FEIs) to commercialise low carbon solutions. Support the development and take up of low carbon and renewable energy in homes and businesses.

ESIF investment total 2014-2020: £5,736,540


  • A thriving and growing LCEGS sector
  • Increased take up of low carbon across all sectors and by citizens
  • Reduced emissions
  • Increased marketization of low carbon solutions


Promoting Employment and Supporting Social Mobility

Priority – Develop innovative longer-term interventions from pre-work support for those in target groups and local communities, including rural communities, with hgith rates of disadvantage or unemployment through to sustained employment, including workign with employers to understand and help them meet the needs of long term unemployed (LTU), Not in Education Employment or Training (NEETs), NEETs 18+ younger and older workers and others.

ESIF investment total 2014-2020: £2,868,270


  • Sustainable, flexible provision and capacity among providers to support sustainable employment
  • Reduction in occupational and geographic factor immobility related market failure among those with low skills and in areas of deprivation
  • Reduction in information failures about employment and progression opportunities

Priority – Assisting and supporting employment and self-employment and new employment models e.g. social enterprises an cooperatives for those in target groups including the long term unemployed young people and the disabled with few or no qualifications in rural, coastal and other areas with higher than average unemployment and deprivation.

ESIF investment total 2014-2020: £4,302,405


  • Increase in new businesses and entrepreneurship
  • Strengthening of social capital in geographical areas and among target communities


Investing in Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning

Priority – Develop higher level skills in our five priority sectors and other sectors of importance or potential growth in our economy, working with businesses, HE, FE, Sector Skills Councils and specialist providers as appropriate including remote and virtual learning.

ESIF investment total 2014-2020: £7,170,675


  • Raised ambition leading to stronger demand for higher level skills in SMEs
  • Provision which meets forecast growth in need for higher level skills in our priority sectors
  • Reduction in market failure and increased productivity and growth

Priority – Develop intermediate skills and technical skills including STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) skills for industries driving growth and in targeted development areas or other priority areas and encouraging those from target groups e.g. women and Black Asian and Minority Ethnic, to enter sectors where they are currently under represented.

ESIF investment total 2014-2020: £7,170,675


  • Provision which meets forecast growth in need for intermediate level skills in our priority sectors
  • Reduction in market failure and increased productivity and growth


There are also several priorities under the

Information on these can be found on the Coast to Capital website. Please click on the button below.


Where will the match come from?

The majority of the ESIF funding streams require a level of match funding. Sourcing match funding is a critical issue as public funds decline, there will be an increasing need to look to private sector and VCSE sector to provide match. There are some options that have been made available to LEPs from other stakeholders like Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the BIG Lottery fund where they are offering match funding against the EU priorities which align with their own programme priorities.

The BIG Lottery outlined their intention to match fund LEPs’ Social Inclusion allocations through an ‘Opt In’ arrangement. LEPs can allocate an amount of their ESF Social Inclusion Funding and in return match funding and administrative support can be accessed from BIG Lottery. The activities to be delivered through the Opt In will be tailored to the local area.

Coast to Capital LEP has set out the intention to utilise BIG Lottery match funding for a large proportion of the Social Inclusion Funding. Discussions have been ongoing between the LEPs, partners and BIG Lottery on developing the activities to be match funded.

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