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 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:
Each Local Authority has specialists who can support businesses with European project development. You can find contact details for these specialists below.
|County Durham||Durham County Council [email protected]|
|Gateshead||Katie Atkinson [email protected]|
|Newcastle||Kerry Corbett [email protected]|
|North Tyneside||Bev Oakley [email protected]|
|Northumberland||Elaine Maylin [email protected]|
Heather Smith [email protected]
|South Tyneside||Helen Armstrong [email protected]|
|Sunderland||Tim Hakim [email protected]|
James Garland [email protected]
|Durham County Council||Durham County Council [email protected]|
|Gateshead Council||Katie Atkinson [email protected]|
|Newcastle City Council||Claire Prospert [email protected]|
|North Tyneside Council||Judith Nunn [email protected]|
|Northumberland County Council||Carol Johns-McLeod [email protected]|
|South Tyneside Council||Helen Armstrong [email protected]|
|Sunderland City Council||James Garland [email protected]|
|Durham County Council||Stephen McDonald [email protected]|
Maggie Bosanquet [email protected]
|Gateshead Council||Jim Gillon [email protected]|
|Newcastle City Council||Adrian Mcloughlin [email protected]|
|North Tyneside Council||Michael Keenlyside [email protected]|
|Northumberland County Council||Heather Smith [email protected]|
|South Tyneside Council||Stephen Calvert [email protected]|
|Sunderland City Council||Dianne Pattison[email protected]|
The European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) open up the funds for applications at key points within the programme. Find out more about the current European Funding opportunities here.
We have secured resources for the North East in different ways. We oversaw the development of successful regional programme proposals to the UK Government to secure three rounds of Regional Growth Fund and Local Growth Fund investment. We prepared the strategy for European Strategic and Investment Funds and have used our resources to develop projects which lever significant additional resources for the North East.
With partners, we have prepared successful proposals for the 21 Enterprise Zone sites which have secured government tax benefits for investor business and will deliver a rolling investment fund over time. We have also secured resources from other sources for specific projects aiming to take forward aspects of the SEP, for example the Gatsby Foundation have resourced the regional project to improve careers advice and support and Horizon 2020 funding was secured to develop our engagement with European innovation platforms.
All of the projects that the North East LEP is currently funding can be found on our projects page.