Funding opportunities

Current funding streams open for applications

On this page, you can find out more about current funding opportunities. Please scroll down:

Local Growth Fund

We currently have an opportunity for businesses in the Health and Life Sciences Sector to submit proposals for our Health and Life Sciences Project Development Fund.

Closing date is 28 August.

To find out more, click here.

A guidance document for applicants can be found here.

To request an application form, please email: [email protected]

North East Investment Fund

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

European Funding

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There are currently a number of opportunities for organisations to apply for European Funding that are listed below:

Rural Community Energy Fund

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 fund and to discuss any initial ideas or thoughts please contact Josh Sawyer on 07584154510 or [email protected]

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