European Regional Development Fund


The European Regional Development Fund provides support to encourage research, development and innovation, create and grow SMEs, develop a low carbon economy and reduce the risk to businesses from flooding.

Low Carbon

This funding represents approximately 20% of the ERDF funding available (£2.4m). The funding is provided on a match funding basis (50%) for projects of a total value of £1m or greater. It aims to support projects that can either; increase the renewable energy capacity in Berkshire, increase the number of SMEs that reduce their carbon emissions, deliver innovative carbon emission reductions in the public and housing sectors.  

Applicants are encouraged to attend one of the below workshops, run by the Technical Assistance service – ‘Low Carbon Berkshire’, to learn more about the scheme:

Introductory workshop, 7 February 2017 - Civic Offices, Reading

Click here to access the presentation from Low Carbon Berkshire and here to access the presentation from Graham Watt, European Structural Funds Programme Manager at Department for Communities and Local Government.Renewable energy and public buildings project ideas were also discussed. 


Renewable Energy workshop, 28 March 2017 - Reading Council Chamber, Civic Offices

Presentations will focus on renewable energy in Berkshire, areas for potential ESIF support, developing renewable energy business models, innovation in the sector and potential projects.


SME Energy workshop

With speaker Keith Richards, formerly of Thames Valley Energy. Key challenges for SMEs will be discussed, including available funding sources, improving competitiveness in SMEs through carbon reduction, working with landlords, metering and monitoring performance, innovative and whole buidling approaches and potential projects.



Public Sector Housing workshop, June 2017

Presentations will focus on key challenges, improving efficiency, integrating renewable energy into refurbishment projects, retrofit, improving thermal comfort, reducing carbon emissions from public sector housing, monitoring behavioural change and potential projects.


For more information or to register for an event please email

Application Process Documents

To support the calls a number of assessment and selection documents and project requirements guidance have been published on the GOV.UK website.