Funding opportunities

Current funding streams open for applications

On this page, you can find out more about current funding opportunities. Please scroll down:

Local Growth Fund

There are currently three calls open under our LGF programme:

  1. We are inviting expressions of Interest from projects which deliver on the vision of the North East Energy for Growth Strategy, to “Drive growth in the North East while delivering on national energy objectives”. Find out more here.
  2. We are inviting bids from early stage Innovation projects to come forward for development stage funding that will help to prepare Business Cases that can help deliver the ambition set out in our Strategic Economic Plan. Find out more here.
  3. We are inviting applications from Incubator projects which match the aspirations set out in the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) and the innovation programme with significant potential to make a demonstrable contribution to the Incubator network within the region. Find out more here.

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

ESF Skills for Growth project call in North East LEP area OC25S19P1405:

Call to run a project to promote the development of a highly skilled workforce in the North East Region LEP area.

Find out more about this call here.

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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