European Funding Calls

European Funding Calls

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European Structural and Investment Funds

Low Carbon: call in the North East (Rolling Call) (OC25R17P 0521)

Applications are currently sought to run a project supporting the shift to a low carbon economy in the North East.

For further information on this call can be found here.

The closing date for this call is 30 July 2017.

An event for those interested in applying to this call will be held on Monday, 27 March 2017 from 9.00am to 12noon. To book a place at the event, click here.

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.

Full details of these calls can be found here. Interested applicants are invited to send their expressions of interest via email to: [email protected]

There are currently two European Regional Development Fund Calls open for applications.

Details of the current open calls:

Research and Innovation: call in the North East (OC25R16P 0449)

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

Call details

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.


Climate change: call in North East (Rolling Call) (OC25R16P 0451)

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 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.





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