There are currently three European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) calls open.
Applications are being sought for projects that will grow a business, create jobs or bring more money in to the rural economy. Grant funding can help pay for constructing or improving buildings, and buying new equipment and machinery.
Three grant funds are available:
- Rural Business Development Grants,
- Rural Tourism Infrastructure Grants and
- Food Processing Grants.
Rural business development grants will help fund the growth of small rural businesses, new or existing. This includes farmers who want to diversify in to non-agricultural activities.
Rural tourism infrastructure grants will help fund the costs of capital expenditure on tourism infrastructure. The aim is to support projects that will encourage more tourists to come, to stay longer, and to spend more money in rural areas.
Food processing grants will help fund food processing businesses to grow and create jobs. This is for food and drink processing businesses which process agricultural and horticultural products. Examples include meat, milk, grain and root vegetables. Fisheries projects are not eligible.
Three regional workshops are taking place to support potential applicants:
Northumberland: Kirkley Hall, 9.30am – 12.30noon, 14 February 2017. To find out more or register, click here.
Northumberland: Kirkley Hall, 13.30pm – 16.30pm, 14 February 2017. To find out more or to register, click here.
Durham: County Hall, 12.30noon – 16.00pm, 16 February 2017. To find out more or to register, click here.
There are currently three European Regional Development Fund Calls open for applications.
There are some regional events taking place to support applicants. These are:
Northumberland County Council, Council Chambers, 13 February 2017 10.30am – 12.30pm.
This event will cover EU funding, give a summary of the current calls, future calls and the application process. To register, click here.
Gateshead Council, Northern Design Centre, Gateshead. 1 March 2017 09.30am – 12.30pm.
This event will cover Promoting Research and Innovation. To register, click here.
Details of the current open calls:
Call value: up to £16,000,000
Closing date: Sunday 30 July 2017
Review Points (for early consideration of outline applications)
Friday 17 February 2017
Sunday 30 April 2017
Our goal is to take our place as a leading innovation hotspot in Europe. The North East LEP areas has a vision to become a test bed and hub for the commercialisation of new innovation and advanced manufacturing, as identified in our strategic economic plan.
The North East has four key areas of strength, which we refer to as our smart specialisations. They are:
- Passenger vehicle manufacturing
- Subsea and offshore technology
- Life science and healthcare
- Creative, digital, software and technology based services.
These areas of smart specialisation, alongside growing areas of strengths enable a focus on the areas of particular potential where local businesses and research capacity provide key opportunities to encourage and support growth innovation.
ERDF investment through this call will focus on revenue activity particularly in relation to providing intensive support to innovating businesses un smart specialisation areas.
For full call details, please click here.
Call value: up to £2,500,000.00
Closing date: 17 February 2017
Call details: High Growth SMEs have a disproportionately positive effect on economic growth and productivity in the North East LEP area. In 2014 it is estimated the North East had 600 high growth businesses with a combined turnover of £2.4billion and employing 21,000 people. A 25% increase in high growth SME businesses in 2014, could have potentially contributed an additional £186m of GVA and created 3,980 job in the North East economy.
This call therefore aims to increase the density of high growth SME’s in the North East LEP area, with a particular focus on those operating in the advanced manufacturing, health and life sciences, digital, creative and software technology sectors.
For full call details, please go click here.
Call value: up to £8,600,000
Outline application deadline: 30 July 2017
Review points: 30 April 2017
Call details: In the North East LEP area there is a determination to reduce the risks from flooding and climate change. Through the ERDF programme the aim is to find innovative and new ways to reduce flood and erosion risk to economic infrastructure and businesses, enabling them to survive, thrive and grow, whilst maximising the other benefits protecting homes and habitats, and realising other benefits that can be provided where possible, such as carbon storage or improved air quality.
For full call details, please go click here.
What is a Call?
A call is an invitation to apply to run projects backed by the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF). ESIF includes money from the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
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. You can find their contact details here.
European Social Fund
European Social Fund in County Durham
09.30am – 12noon, 16 February, 2017, County Hall, County Durham,
An event will be held in Durham, at County Hall to introduce two ESF projects that have recently launched. The event will showcase Durham’s progress, raise opportunity for future ESF funding and highlight the support available for the submission of strong funding applications.
To book a place at this event, click here.