European Funding

Growing the North East's potential

ESIF Low Carbon Call – call for projects by 30th September

The ESIF Low Carbon call will be closing at the end of the month. The details of the call can be found on the government website here.

The call opened in April 2016 and released a further £15-18m worth of ERDF for investments across the full range of eligible low carbon activities.

Growth which makes the most of our local strengths in low carbon technologies and which ensures the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of our businesses is a key element in the North East Strategic Economic Plan. Our focus includes two elements:

1. Growing Low Carbon Sectors

We are particularly strong in energy, heat and transport with high proportions of the national employment in offshore wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, and biomass energy, alternative fuels, heat networks and electric vehicles present in the North East and have strong links to our areas of smart specialisation in vehicle manufacture, offshore and marine technologies and data and software.

2. Achieving Sustainable Growth

Although the North East represents a relatively resilient location business growth in environmental terms, investment will enable us to capitalise and protect this advantage.
Businesses in the North East have reported challenges around energy and resource efficiency and issues regarding flooding as being significant. This is supported by a Climate North East study, which estimated that without interventions there is a potential cost to the North East of England of £600m per year by 2050.

This call invites responses which address key local priorities of:

· Renewable energy generation

· Energy networks and systems

· Whole building/place solutions

· Growing the low carbon

· Developing low carbon supply chains

· Supporting research in, and development, commercialisation and roll out of, new and innovative technologies, products and processes which reduce carbon emission and energy/resource use especially those linked to smart specialisation areas.

· Business Energy Efficiency linked to Business Growth Hub activities

More information can be found in the North east ESIF Strategy which can be found here

More information

Key contacts in each Local Authority can provide more information about our European Programme.


County Durham Stephen McDonald

Maggie Bosanquet

[email protected]

[email protected]

Gateshead Jim Gillon [email protected]
Newcastle Adrian Mcloughlin [email protected]
North Tyneside Michael Keenlyside [email protected]
Northumberland Hugh Clear-Hill [email protected]
South Tyneside Stephen Calvert [email protected]
Sunderland Dianne Pattison [email protected]


For support to make sure that your ERDF application complies with all official guidelines, please contact:

Local Authority Contact Name Contact Details
Durham County Council Jan McDonald [email protected]

03000 269 484

Gateshead Council  Andrew Tate [email protected]

0191 433 2084

Newcastle City Council Claire Prospert [email protected]

0191 211 5693

Kit England [email protected]

0191 211 50098

North Tyneside Council Judith Nunn [email protected]

0191 643 6426

Northumberland County Council Carol Johns-McLeod [email protected]

01670 623875

South Tyneside Council Lee Cranston  

[email protected]

0191 424 7792

Sunderland City Council James Garland [email protected]

0191 561 1158

If you would like to speak to one of the North East LEP team about this call, please contact James Davies or Ben McLaughlin.

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