Ready, Set, Go: How to
win the ESIF race

ESIF is here
With £4 billion of funding available, ESIF funding has the potential to make a huge difference to disadvantaged learners and the organisations who support them. But with minimum lot values of £500,0000, for any proposal to be successful it will need to have reach, depth and scope - in other words, it will need to involve a consortium of delivery organisations, and lead providers will need local partners.

ESIF is now here: it has arrived later than planned, and is now coming through all at once, with many calls being released across the country.
  • Big Lottery Fund wave 1 is already released with wave 2 released later in October – expected total spend 2016-19 c. £250M
  • DWP is expected to release the 1st of 3 calls in October with further calls before the end of the financial year - expected total spend 2016-19 c.£500M
  • SFA will release wave 1 calls for NEET early October with more waves throughout the rest of 2015 – expected total spend 2016-19 c.£5-800M
  • Operational Plan now approved meaning ESIF Spending on employment, skills and social inclusion for England at over €3.3Bn for period 2015-2023 before matched funding
We Can Help

In response to requests from our constituencies of small training providers and VCS organisations, the Association of Employment & Learning Providers and the Campaign for Learning are running a support programme to help the ‘market’ work better, launched at the AELP conference on 22nd June.

The support programme comprises of:

Partner Matching Database:
  • A searchable database to help both larger, potential lead providers build their supply chains and smaller, often local, providers get noticed. 
  • AELP and the Campaign for Learning have over 15000 organisations of all shapes and sizes with which we work and this programme can benefit all of them
  • Registration is a simple Expression of Interest Form 
  • All organisations can then receive a downloadable copy of the database in excel format to help them with their partnership working and programme building
To register your organisation's details on the database click here

ESIF Briefing and LEP Analysis

  • Briefings on what ESIF is and how your organisation can benefit
  • Analysis of funding intention/activity for all 39 LEPs
  • Latest news from colleagues in the sector and at BLF, DWP and SFA and LEPs


The fees for the complete package, including the Partner Matching Database:

AELP/CfL Members and Voluntary/Community Groups rate:
£149.00 + VAT
Non-Member rate:
£249.00 + VAT

Please note:
This programme is intended to complement rather than replace local activities being run in some areas by LEPs and VCS infrastructure bodies.