Funding opportunities

Current funding streams open for applications

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Local Growth Fund

There are currently no calls open under our LGF programme.

North East Investment Fund

The North East Investment Fund is currently open for applications. Find out more here.

European Funding

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There are currently a number of opportunities for organisations to apply for European Funding that are listed below:

Research and Innovation call in the North East (OC25R19P 0907)

Call to run a project providing research and innovation support in the North East.

 

This call is looking to:

Enhance research and innovation infrastructure and capacities to develop research and innovation excellence, and promote centres of competence, in particular those of European interest

Promote business investment in research and innovation. For more information, download the call specification

Value: Up to £10,800,000 of funding is available through this call of which £6.9m is made available in the More Developed category of region and £3.9m in the Transition category of region. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.

Outline application deadline: 30 September 2019

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SME Support – Enhancing the competitiveness of Small and Medium sized enterprises. (OC25R19P 0908).

Call for project’s enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises in the North East.

 

This call is looking to:

  • promote entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators
  • support the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development
  • support the capacity of small and medium sized enterprises to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation processes

For more information, download the call specification.

Value: Up to £21,400,000 is available through this call, of which £10,600,000 is made available in the More Developed Category of Region and £10,800,000 in the Transition Category of Region. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.

Outline application deadline: 30 September 2019

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Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors. (OC25R19P 0909).

Call to run project’s supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in the North East.

 

This call is looking for projects that will:

  • Promote the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources
  • Promote energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises
  • Support energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector
  • Promote low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures
  • Promote research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies

For more information, download the call specification.

Value: Up to £18,100,000 of funding is available through this call of which £1m is made available in the More Developed category of region and £17.1m in the Transition category of region. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.

Outline application deadline: 30 September 2019

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Promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management. (OC25R19S 0915)

Call for project’s promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management in the North East

This call is looking to promote climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management and specifically promoting investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems.

For more information, download the call specification

Value: Up to £1,000,000 of funding is available through this call in the More Developed category of region. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.

Outline application deadline: 30 September 2019

European Social Fund (ESF) calls

Inclusive Labour Markets – North East Region (OC25S19P1510)

Call to run a project to remove barriers to employment and increase prospects for unemployed and economically inactive people in the North East Region LEP area.

For more information, download the call specification.

Value:   Approximately £11,224,820 of ESF is available.

Deadlines: Full application deadline: 2 December 2019

Completion date: Projects must be completed no later than three years and six months after the proposed project start date, however the ESF Managing Authority reserves the right to vary the maximum duration in exceptional circumstances. All ESF Projects must be completed by 31st December 2023. Project costs cannot be incurred beyond this date.

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) calls

  • Food processing grants
  • Rural Tourism Infrastructure grants
  • Rural Tourism grants

How to apply

Applicants should apply through the .gov.uk website, where you will find the full details and guidance notes.

If you would like to discuss a potential project or need help or support completing your application, all seven local authorities in the North East LEP area have a team who can help you.

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