Who Can Apply?

Objective 2i is aimed at economic regeneration projects promoted primarily by the public sector. This involves,

  • Government departments
  • Regional development agencies(RDAs)
  • Local authorities
  • Further and higher education establishments
  • Other public bodies
  • Voluntary sector organisations

This by no means excludes the private sector, which promotes and helps to fund high quality projects that meet ERDFi objectives. Generally however, ERDF grants are not paid directly to profit-making private sector companies. However, in certain circumstances, ERDF can help to develop small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs. Private sector companies are encouraged to present applications in partnership with a public sector body. More detailed guidance on the involvement of private sector bodies is in the Structural Fundsi Manual available on the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) website at:

To be eligible to apply for ERDF, applicanti organisations need to be based within the Programme boundaries for capital projectsi and - for revenue only projects - be providing a service to residents or businesses located wholly within the Programme boundaries.
Applicant organisations must be legally constituted in order to be able to enter into a legally binding agreement with the Government Office North West which administers the Programme.
ERDF grants are not paid directly to profit-distributing private sector companies or to individuals.

Eligible Areas

To check whether you are eligible for Objective 2 support, please use the following map and ward list which can be downloaded here.

Eligibility Map
List of Eligible Wards
Objective 2 postcode checker


A new EU regulation makes it clear that ERDF-aided projects must be given sufficient publicity so that the general public, businesses and trade organisations are aware of the opportunities the project offers and the role played by the EC through the ERDF. This may take the form, for example, of billboards on project sites or commemorative plaques at sites accessible to the general public. All contracts worth 5 million Euro (about £3.5 million) and above are advertised in the Official Journal of the European Communities in line with the Commission's practice on tendering.

Eligible ERDF Expenditurei


  • Land and building acquisition costs (this can include long term leases)
  • Site investigation, clearance and preparation
  • Site services, internal infrastructure
  • Other non-mobile plant and machinery
  • Construction work, including new-build and conversion costs
  • Capital fixtures and fittings (as long as they are integral to project)
  • Subsidiary landscaping
  • Transport and access schemes (subject to guidelines)
  • Community facilities - (where making a direct contribution to economic regeneration)
  • Project-related professional fees
  • There are set % limits on some expenditure items,
    Land purchase may not represent more than 10% project total eligible expenditure
    Professional fees may not exceed 12 ½ % total eligible works costs


  • Staff costs, either additional part-time or full-time positions, or to the extent that the work of existing staff is directly related to the project, also staff replacement costs to allow existing members of staff to work full time on the project
  • Short term leases or rental of premises for the duration of the project only
  • Operating costs and overheads which relate to the implementation of the project such as,
    Utilities (i.e. gas, electricity, water/sewerage)
    Rent and business rates
    Insurance (e.g. relating to buildings or equipment)
    Salary costs or invoiced expenditure associated with non-delivery staff (i.e.people who are not directly involved in implementing the project but whose work indirectly supports the project - e.g. security, cleaning, reception, switchboard staff, professional services (finance, accounting, legal), personnel and welfare)
    General office equipment with an asset life of less than one year, software and maintenance (equipment purchased specifically to assist in the delivery of a project would be itemised separately)
    Printing, stationery, copying and postage
  • Legal and accounting services strictly related to the implementation of the project
  • Project marketing and promotion
  • Equipment with an asset life of less than one year

The above are indicative only and applicants should scrutinise detailed guidelines when preparing a bid submission.