ESF Action Note 070-21: Revision to the ESF National Eligibility Rules and Programme Guidance

Thursday, August 26, 2021

ESF Action Note 070-21: Revision to the ESF National Eligibility Rules and Programme Guidance

A number of changes have been made to the ESF National Eligibility and Programme Guidance to incorporate some easements set out in the Managing Authority’s COVID-19 Q and A document.

The following bullet point has been added to the `Direct Staff Costs’ section of the guidance.

  • If an organisation provides their staff with sick pay, they can submit a claim for salary costs for a period of COVID-related self-isolating as per their policy or contract with the employee. If the organisation does not provide sick pay, then Statutory Sick Pay would need to be considered for periods of self-isolation

The following bullet points have been added to the ‘Premises’ section of the guidance concerning cancellation and event costs due to local COVID related restrictions.

  • From 1 February 2020, where projects have incurred cancellation and other costs related to event bookings that cannot go ahead due to local COVID-related restrictions, such costs can be considered as eligible expenditure and will need to be evidenced. However, the following must be taken into account:

    • the expenditure will not be considered eligible if there is an insurance contract in place and the project can claim the cost

    • if a credit note has been issued, costs are not eligible the project should have exhausted all possibilities to claim the expenditure incurred by other means e.g. travel insurance

    • if the project can obtain a partial repayment, only the remaining costs are eligible


View the action note in full HERE.

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