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European Funding Opportunities

ESF Lump Sum Digital Interventions Call is now closed

The COVID-19 Response ESF Lump Sum Digital Interventions Call published (23 April 2021) supports the delivery of additional bolt-on activity to existing ESF projects in response to COVID-19, which address the digital divide, by providing participants with access to information and services, through digital technologies.

This Priority Axis 4, Investment Priority 4.1 Call seeks applications by 4 June 2021 to deliver support which will help up to 11,300 ESF participants across the country – excluding London.

The national Digital Intervention Call seeks to commit the remaining c. £3.6m ESF (of the original £5m) left in Priority Axis 4 for Digital Intervention projects outside London. The whole of this funding is being made available through this Call.

Match Funding

The Call launched in September 2020 took advantage of the time-limited COVID-19 easement provided by the EC to allow 100% co-financing for project claims submitted from July 2020 to June 2021. The Call we are launching now is for activity outside of those dates and therefore the terms of the EC easement do not apply.

The match funding arrangements for this Call therefore differ from last year’s Call. Projects will need to have eligible match funding for the balance of costs, which must be from a source other than the European Union. The match funding must meet the requirements set out in the Eligibility Rules and Programme Guidance published at

The match must also be attributed across all Categories of Region as explained in the Call specification, particularly the Match Funding section of the Eligibility Rules for Priority Axis 4 COVID-19 Response document that applies to Investment Priority 4.1.

The excel calculator published alongside the Call will calculate the amount of match funding required by Category of Region.


MHCLG and DWP have prepared some Q & As for project applicants covering different topics, for example, issues supplying documentary evidence with claims when working remotely, changes to activity/delivery, salary costs for those off sick or having to isolate due to the virus etc.

Further information can be found here.

The information provided aims to keep partners informed on the developments regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds in response to COVID-19. It will be updated as developments take place and information becomes available so you may want to check it from time to time.


Tees Valley has received an allocation of £197m of European Structural and Investment Funds for the programming period 2014-20.

  • £111.4m ERDF
  • £84.5m ESF & YEI (Youth Employment Initiative)
  • £1.1m EAFRD

The Tees Valley European Structural and Investment Funds Strategy sets out the key priorities for the investment of the European Funds. It is available to download here, for additional information covering Priority Axis 6 click here.


New ERDF calls were due to be launched on Friday 20 March, however, due to the Coronavirus pandemic these calls were deferred with a view to refocussing activity to deal with the response.