Current funding streams open for applications.

Find out more about the current funding opportunities with the North East LEP.

Northern Powerhouse

There are currently no open opportunities via the Local Growth Fund.

NE Investment Fund

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

European Structural and Investment Fund

There are currently no opportunities open.

The £4m Project Development Accelerator Fund Was established by the North East LEP Board in May 2021 to accelerate the development of regional strategic projects across the North East over the next two years.

The Fund will provide revenue resources (up to £150,000) to improve the quality and readiness of  projects which contribute to the Strategic Economic Plan, sectoral strategies (in Advanced Manufacturing, Digital, Energy and Health and Life Sciences) and the Economic Recovery and Renewal Deal for the North East.

Two competitive calls will take place in 2021 to allocate an indicative £2m.

The first call, launched on 21 June, is restricted to local authorities, Transport North East, NEXUS, and the North East LEP.

The second call, open to a wider range of organisations, is due to be launched in early November 2021. More information on this second call will be posted nearer the date.

For more information about the Project Development Accelerator Fund and to find out more about future calls please contact Claire Prospert on 07401575745 or [email protected]


Rural Community Energy Fund

The Rural Community Energy Fund aims to support rural communities across England to develop community led renewable energy projects. Developing renewable energy at a community level helps meet climate commitments whilst also offering benefits to the local community. The fund offers an opportunity to cover the up-front costs that are often prohibitive to community scale energy projects. Some of the technologies that can be explored include solar PV, heat pumps, hydropower and low carbon heat networks.

There are two stages to the funding. The first stage is for communities that are just beginning to explore options for renewable energy generation, this stage offers grants of up to £40,000 to cover consultancy and professional costs to determine if the project idea is feasible. The second stage offers a grant of up to £100,000 to look at creating full business cases for projects that stand a good chance of securing planning permission and being delivered.

Housing Associations

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is also open to applications and Registered Social Landlords with rural housing stock are invited to apply. The fund offers grants of up to £40,000 to determine the technical feasibility of community scale renewable energy projects.

How to apply

For more information about the Rural Community Energy fund and to discuss any initial ideas or thoughts please contact Josh Sawyer on 07584154510 or [email protected]

Planning for future funding opportunities

New funding opportunities will be announced on this page when they become available.

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