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March 18  - European Funding update compiled by Network 4 Europe 

February 18  - European Funding update compiled by Network 4 Europe 

January - European Funding update compiled by Network 4 Europe 

December - European Funding update compiled by Network 4 Europe 

October -European Funding update compiled by Network 4 Europe 

August - European Funding update compiled by Network 4 Europe

Could your organisation be eligible for European Social funding?

The ESF will support programmes that increase labour market participation, promote social inclusion and develop the skills of the potential and existing workforce in Cheshire and Warrington.

The Cheshire and Warrington Employer Skills Board leads on the development of ESF programmes and has identified four key themes to drive economic growth and contribute to the delivery of the Cheshire and Warrington Strategic Economic Plan:

  • Employment
  • Careers
  • Skills
  • Collaboration

For more information about these priorities, visit the Cheshire and Warrington Enterprise Partnership Website.

How to Apply

For this first round of procurement ESF programme funding will be routed through opt in organisations, such as

Each of these opt in organisations will promote opportunities on their own websites and aligned to their own procurement windows, click the links above to find out the latest opportunities.


  • Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme - Pre-Start Support​ (Hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University)

Working with recognised business leaders, you will have access to growth coaches, and a number variety of activities to help your business grow fast. We can help you in a wide range of areas from finance and marketing to recruitment and leadership. 

Pre-Start Workshop Dates 29th and 31st March, 16th and 17th May, 22nd and 23rd June, 12th and 13th September

To register your interest, please contact us: Visit: http://bit.ly/cwbgperdf Email: cfegrowth@mmu.ac.uk Tel:0161 247 3871

  • Christine Gaskell reappointed as Chair of Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership

After six very successful years, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has announced the reappointment of Christine Gaskell as Chair for a further three years.

Christine has guided the LEP from its inception to an organisation which is now responsible for a £200 million capital budget supporting projects as diverse as Chester Bus Station, the Cheshire Life Sciences Fund, and key transport improvements at Birchwood and at J8 of the M62.

Find out more here

  1. European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF): useful resources - case study booklets
  3. The European Structural and Investment Funds resources website includes details of beneficiaries, publicity materials, regulations and a glossary for organisations running European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund projects.

Case study booklets for the European Social Fund (ESF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014 to 2020 have recently been published.

For more information see the European Structural and Investment Funds programme for 2014 to 2020 in England guidance webpage.

The Government’s latest position is that all European Structural and Investment Funds projects signed, or with funding agreements that were in place before the Autumn Statement 2016, will be fully funded, even when these projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

For projects signed after the Autumn Statement 2016 and which continue after we have left the EU, funding will be honoured by the Treasury if they provide strong value for money and are in line with domestic priorities. Leaving the EU means the UK Government will want to take its own decisions about how to deliver the policy objectives previously targeted by EU funding.

The Government will consult stakeholders to review all EU funding schemes in the round, to ensure any ongoing funding commitments best serve the UK’s national interest.

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