Today, (13th September 2018) the Government published a second batch of technical notices related to the arrangements after March 2019 if there is no Brexit deal including one on organisations receiving ESF grants.
Before March 2019, organisations will continue to receive the same level of funding as they would if the UK was an EU member until the end of the 2014-2020 programme period.
After March 2019 if there's no deal, UK organisations would be unable to access EU funding for ESF projects after Exit day. The Chancellor previously announced that the government would guarantee ESF projects agreed before we leave the EU. In July, this guarantee was extended so it would cover all ESF projects that would have been funded by the EU under the 2014-2020 programme period. This guarantees investment in skills and employment up until the end of the current ESF period.
The Managing Authorities will administer the guarantee through existing national and local arrangements, "modified and simplified as appropriate in line with wider rules on public spending". Projects will be managed to ensure "appropriate audit, monitoring and evaluation arrangements are in place and that all spending delivers good value for money and fits domestic strategic priorities."
Organisations should continue applying for and delivering funding under current arrangements with confidence that the funding guarantee applies if there is no negotiated agreement between the UK and the EU.