European Funding

Delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

European Structural and Investment Funds

European Funding

The 2014-2020 European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) will inject more than £437m into the North East. Although the funds are held by Government, we play an important role to ensure these funds are used to deliver both the European goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and support our Strategic Economic Plan

We have worked with a wide range of partners to produce a European Structural and Investment Funds Strategy.

We are a member of the ESIF committee – a group of regional stakeholders who provide support and guidance to Government about the allocation of European Funding in the North East. You can find the minutes and membership of the ESIF Committee here.

The European Strategy reflects the priorities of our SEP through:

  • Supporting our businesses to be stronger and providing better access to finance
  • Encouraging innovation and investment in new markets and technologies
  • Driving a demand-led skills system, reflecting the needs of employers
  • Accelerating low carbon growth and improving the resilience of local businesses
  • Targeted support for those facing challenges in accessing training and employment
  • Developing local infrastructure assets to support businesses investing in the area.

Sustainable Urban Development (SUD)

The North East approach to Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) is built around the development, demonstration and
commercialisation of new integrated approaches to global urban challenges, becoming a ‘living laboratory’. It is backed by
excellence in areas of smart specialisation, innovation and a rapidly developing expertise in areas of low carbon growth.
SUD provides an opportunity to test and develop innovative, integrated and partnership based responses to the key
global challenges facing urban areas. It draws on the capacity and expertise of the full range of partners represented in
the quadruple helix of private, public and voluntary and community sectors, working with universities and research
institutions.  The Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) strategy can be read in full here.

Each Local Authority has specialists who can support businesses with European project development. You can find contact details for these specialists below.

ESF application support

Location Contact
County Durham Durham County Council [email protected]
Gateshead Ashleigh Murphy – [email protected]
Newcastle Kerry Corbett [email protected]
North Tyneside Judith Nunn – [email protected]
Northumberland Elaine Maylin [email protected]
Heather Smith [email protected]
South Tyneside [email protected]
Sunderland James Garland [email protected]

ERDF and SUD application support

Location Contact
Durham County Council Durham County Council [email protected]
Gateshead Council Ashleigh Murphy – [email protected]
Newcastle City Council Claire Prospert [email protected]
North Tyneside Council Judith Nunn [email protected]
Northumberland County Council Carol Johns-McLeod [email protected]
South Tyneside Council [email protected]
Sunderland City Council James Garland [email protected]

Low carbon and climate change strategies

Location Contact
Durham County Council Stephen McDonald [email protected]
Maggie Bosanquet [email protected]
Gateshead Council Jim Gillon [email protected]
Newcastle City Council Adrian Mcloughlin [email protected]
North Tyneside Council Michael Keenlyside [email protected]
Northumberland County Council Heather Smith [email protected]
South Tyneside Council Stephen Calvert [email protected]
Sunderland City Council Dianne Pattison[email protected]

Open applications

The European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) open up the funds for applications at key points within the programme. Find out more about the current European Funding opportunities here.

Current funding opportunities

Details of the opportunities that organisations can apply for with the funds that we manage, support or promote can be found on the funding page.


What funding has the LEP secured for the North East?

We have secured resources for the North East in different ways. We oversaw the development of  successful regional programme proposals to the UK Government to secure three rounds of Regional Growth Fund and Local Growth Fund investment. We prepared the strategy for European Strategic and Investment Funds and have used our resources to develop projects which lever significant additional resources for the North East.

With partners, we have prepared successful proposals for the 21 Enterprise Zone sites which have secured government tax benefits for investor business and will deliver a rolling investment fund over time. We have also secured resources from other sources for specific projects aiming to take forward aspects of the SEP, for example the Gatsby Foundation have resourced the regional project to improve careers advice and support and Horizon 2020 funding was secured to develop our engagement with European innovation platforms.

Where can I find out more information about projects that the LEP has funded?

All of the projects that the North East LEP is currently funding can be found on our projects page.

Want to find out more about projects that the LEP has funded?

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