How organisations receiving European Social Fund (ESF) grants will be affected after Brexit.

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Government guarantee

The government has guaranteed funding for European Social Fund (ESF) projects if there’s a no-deal Brexit. The guarantee will fund new and existing projects until programme closure.

You should continue to make claims for payment and deliver the funding under current arrangements as contracted.

You must follow the existing processes for:

  • auditing
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • making claims for payment

Your managing authority will tell you if a process changes.

Find out more about the government guarantee.

Managing authorities

Existing managing authorities in the UK will continue to manage ESF grants after Brexit.

The ESF programmes are managed by:


For all enquiries, contact [email protected].

Published 13 September 2018
Last updated 21 October 2019 + show all updates

  1. Increased visibility of calls to action. Detailed information on the government guarantee can be found in the linked guide.
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