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Local Enterprise Partnerships

Find out why Local Enterprise Partnerships are important to how European Structural and Investment Funds will be accessed by voluntary organisations in England.

Local Enterprise Partnerships: Engines of growth

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are locally owned partnerships by the public and private sectors. There are 39 LEPs in England and they are tasked with driving local economic growth in their areas.  LEPs increasingly play an essential role in determining local priorities, in particular through Regional Growth Funds, City Deals and Enterprise Zones, as well as the European Structural and Investment Funds.

Strategies

There are 39 local ESIF strategies and all projects will need to demonstrate they are aligned with ESIF strategies.

Find out more about the local ESIF strategies.

In 2013, the government announced the ESIF 2014-2020 Growth Programme would be notionally assigned to the 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England. However, note that ESIF is a national programme for which the UK government is responsible.

Although funding has been allocated to LEPs, LEPs and local partners will not distribute funds, as projects apply through Opt-ins or directly via the Managing Authorities - see the government's Funding Finder.

How much funding is there for your Local Enterprise Partnership area?

LEP areas have been allocated varying amounts of funding. Allocations to the LEPs were confirmed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on 17 April 2014 – see letter.

LEP

Allocation €m

Black Country

176.6

Buckinghamshire Thames Valley

13.8

Cheshire and Warrington

141.6

Coast to Capital

67.0

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

590.4

Coventry and Warwickshire

135.5

Cumbria

91.0

Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

244.0

Dorset

47.1

Enterprise M3

45.5

Gloucestershire

38.1

Greater Birmingham and Solihull

254.8

Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough

75.2

Greater Lincolnshire

133.0

Greater Manchester

413.8

Heart of the South West

117.8

Hertfordshire

69.2

Humber

102.0

Lancashire

265.2

Leeds City Region

389.5

Leicester and Leicestershire

125.7

Liverpool City Region

220.9

London

745.4

New Anglia

94.1

North Eastern

537.4

Northamptonshire

54.8

Oxfordshire LEP

19.3

Sheffield City Region

207.2

Solent

42.9

South East

185.1

South East Midlands

87.9

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire

160.9

Swindon and Wiltshire

43.4

Tees Valley

201.7

Thames Valley Berkshire

28.5

The Marches

113.3

West of England

68.3

Worcestershire

67.8

York and North Yorkshire

97.1

Bear in mind there are additional allocations from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and for some LEP areas through the Youth Employment Initiative funding.

Useful links

The LEP Network

European funding and Local Enterprise Partnerships on NCVO's Knowhow site.

How to get your hands on the ESIF's six billion euros (or some of it)