Fund title: Heart of the South West LEP: EU funding

Focus of fund/fund aims:

Open calls for ERDF support for projects in Devon and Somerset

Application deadline:

see individual deadlines for each call

Fund description:

The Heart of the South West (covering Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset) has an allocation of just over £107m from Europe for 2014-2020 for investment in projects and initiatives which support the economic growth of the area.

Calls for proposals for outline applications for European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) support are currently open for the following areas of activity:

  • Low carbon: to support the shift to a low carbon economy (a rolling call, with applications reviewed at set points until 1 June 2018)
    [See separate DFN article on updates to the Low Carbon priority]
  • SME support: to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs, including entrepreneurship, innovation and new markets (a rolling call, with applications reviewed at set points until 31 January 2018)

Further information is available from the Heart of the South West LEP and the formal calls are published on the .GOV.UK website where you can find the application forms and guidance manuals.

There is a two-stage application process: projects which are successful at the outline stage will be invited to make a full submission for funding.

Note on the Heart of the South West LEP area:
The Heart of the South West LEP area covers Devon, Plymouth, Torbay & Somerset but within this, there are two categories of funding

  • ‘Transition’ area – Devon, Plymouth & Torbay
  • ‘More Developed’ area – Somerset

These two areas each have a notional funding allocation which is reflected in the details of the call(s) listed above. Activities in the Transition area will generally be eligible for an EU contribution of up to 60% of total costs; activities in the More Developed area can receive up to 50% of costs.

For more information on the ESIF Strategy for our area, refer to the Heart of the South West LEP website at:


Further information: