Delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

European Structural and Investment Funds

European Structural and Investment Fund

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
Country Durham Durham Country Council Email Icon Email
Gateshead Ashleigh Murphy Email Icon Email
Newcastle Kerry Corbett Email Icon Email
North Tyneside Judith Nunn Email Icon Email
Northumberland Elaine Maylin Email Icon Email
South Tyneside Email Icon Email
Sunderland James Garland Email Icon Email

ERDF and SUD application support

Location Contact
Country Durham Durham Country Council Email Icon Email
Gateshead Ashleigh Murphy Email Icon Email
Newcastle Kerry Corbett Email Icon Email
North Tyneside Judith Nunn Email Icon Email
Northumberland Elaine Maylin Email Icon Email
South Tyneside Email Icon Email
Sunderland James Garland Email Icon Email

Low carbon and climate change strategies

Location Contact
Country Durham Stephen McDonald Email Icon Email
Gateshead Jim Gillon Email Icon Email
Newcastle Adrian McLoughlin Email Icon Email
North Tyneside Michael Keenlyside Email Icon Email
Northumberland Heather Smith Email Icon Email
South Tyneside Stephen Calvert Email Icon Email
Sunderland Diane Pattison Email Icon Email

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 opportunities page.


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