Greater Lincolnshire's European Funding allocation of €143.2 million (2014-2020) focuses on large scale, co-ordinated strategic schemes, which give maximum impact against both specific EU themes and our Strategic Economic Plan.

All LEPs were asked by Government to produce a local European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF) Strategy, identifying priorities to improve productivity and create jobs.  The Greater Lincolnshire ESIF strategy was updated and finalised in April 2016.

The Operational Programmes for England were agreed between Her Majesty's Government (HMG) and the European Commission in July 2015 and the three strands of European Funds are (1) European Regional Development Fund (ERDF); (2) European Social Fund (ESF); and (3) the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Further to the EU referendum, the chancellor confirmed in late 2016 that the Government will guarantee EU Funding for Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) projects signed after the Autumn Statement which will continue after we have left the EU. ESIF projects will now have funding secured if the agreement is signed before the UK departs the EU, is in line with the domestic strategic priorities and offers good value for money. 

If organisations bid directly to the European Commission on a competitive basis, such as universities seeking Horizon 2020 research funding, the Treasury will underwrite the payments. even if the projects continue after Brexit​.

For those stakeholders who may have a suitable project, it is essential that the LEP ESIF strategy is reviewed to identify whether potential project ideas have a strong strategic fit. 

Calls for projects are announced in our latest news, as well as on this page.  

Click here for information on EU funding decisions, (also see ESIF Committee) which are made at a national level. 

Contact Susannah Lewis on or 01522 550638 for further information  

Open Calls: ERDF

There are 3 calls open for ERDF. The focus of the calls are specifically targeted at activity covering Priority Axis 1 Research & Innovation, Priority Axis 3 SME Competitiveness and Priority Axis 5 Climate Change Adaptation.

Priority Axis 1     Research & Innovation 

Priority Axis 3     SME Competitiveness

Priority Axis 5     Climate Change Adaption

Please click on the links above to access further information.  Outline application forms are to be submitted by the call closing date of 26th January 2018 by 23:59 to

Follow the link on the GOV.UK - access the funding finder here to find all the information needed about the call and to submit outline applications.

Open Calls: EAFRD

Click here to view the open calls for EAFRD funding.

Open Calls: RDPE Growth Funding 

The Rural Development Programme for England Growth Programme which opened in January 2017 remains open to applications. The Growth Programme provides funding for projects in England which create jobs and growth in the rural economy. Under the RDPE Growth Programme, there are currently calls for projects open for: business development, food processing and rural tourism infrastructure.

Click here to view the open calls for RDPE.

Open Calls: Countryside Productivity Scheme 

£40 million grant scheme for investment in farming technology and equipment opened on 30th October 2017 following a £200 million package of RDPE funding to support growth of rural businesses announced in July.

The Countryside Productivity webpage is being updated to include links to the applicant handbooks, application forms and applicant guidance for the two new grants that are adding value to agri-food products or improving farm productivity 

The handbook for each type of grant is available as a pdf document, on a single web page and holds all the information applicants will need.

Contact the RPA helpline on 03000 200301 (choose the Rural Development option) or email