European Social Fund
The European Social Fund (ESF) forms part of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and aims to improve employment opportunities across the EU, raise living standards and assist people to get better skills and improve their job prospects.
GLA as a Co-Financing Organisation
The GLA was granted CFO status in March 2016 and took on responsibility for the ESF programmes that had previously been delivered by London Development Agency (LDA), as well as developing and managing a suite of Youth themed projects during the 2007-2013 ESF delivery period.
For both the 2014/20 and 2019/23 ESF delivery period the GLA has developed a suite of ESF eligible projects and programmes that align with GLA Statutory responsibilities and Mayoral Priorities. The projects will be commissioned and managed by the GLA's Delivery Unit who sits within the GLA Skills and Employment Unit.
With the use of allocated ESF funding, we have designed projects to help unemployed people and low paid workers to gain the skills they need to find jobs and progress in their careers. The projects will work with communities, businesses, charities and educators to do this supportively with a focus on helping people who face barriers, to overcome them.
Our projects have been developed to respond to the priorities identified within the London Economic Action Partnership's European Structural Investment Fund strategy, the Mayor's Skills for Londoners Strategy and other Mayoral priorities.
What does the GLA do as a CFO?
CFO status allows the GLA to develop a suite of European Social Fund (ESF) co-funded projects that will benefit Londoners, while meeting the objectives of Mayoral priorities.
The GLA CFO is responsible for:
- publicising project opportunities and awarding grants
- management of delivery to ensure that funding is spent appropriately
- providing 50% of the funding, which is matched with 50% ESF funds to provide 100% of the cost of delivery
- developing and delivering projects that meet the specific needs of London LEP ESIF Strategy
- ensuring that the ESF provision funded reflects regional objectives and complements existing domestic employment and skills funding
Find out more about the GLA as a Co-Financing Organisation
European Programmes Management Unit as an Intermediate Body
The European Programmes Management Unit (EPMU) at the GLA is responsible for managing the London ESF Programme as an Intermediate Body. The day-to-day responsibilities of EPMU include developing calls for funding, performance monitoring and management, carrying out pre and post-expenditure checks on projects and reclaiming ESF funds where necessary.
For the 2019-2023 programming period, the ESF programme is delivered across England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas. Each of which provides advice to the Managing Authority (the GLA Intermediate Body in London), on the needs and opportunities in an area and on the strategic fit of applications for funding.
Further information on the development of the ESF Programme and planned provision can be found on the LEP website.
Find out more about the European Programmes Management Unit.