Funding opportunities

Current funding streams open for applications

Read on to find out more about current funding opportunities:

Local Growth Funding

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) is inviting bids from early stage Innovation projects to come forward for development stage funding that will help to prepare Business Cases that can help deliver the ambition set out in our Strategic Economic Plan.

This call will be open until 28 June 2019, with a review point on the 26 April 2019 for early submissions. The call will be competitive with a maximum of £200,000 available in total and £50,000 per project.

Projects that are able to demonstrate clear links to the SEP and key Government policy (such as the Industrial Strategy), and are anticipated to be over £5m in scale and/or achieve significant development in a key sector are encouraged to come forward. Funding available through this call is to support the costs of getting project Business Case ready – the funds are not for projects at implementation/build stage. Applicants should be able to identify potential funding routes such as public competitions (including Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund/Strength in Places funding), wider public funding or private sources.

We anticipate that the North East LEP funding will seek to support around 50% of the costs of the development of a project, up to £50,000 grant limit. While there is no lower limit attached to this, the eventual projects should be anticipated to be of a significant scale (i.e. of at least £5m capital build cost).

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North East Investment Fund

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

European Funding


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

Sustainable Urban Development (Low Carbon and Climate Control): call in North East (OC25R19S 0907)

Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) call to run a project to support the shift towards a low carbon economy and promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management in the North East.

This call is looking to support the shift towards a low carbon economy and to promote climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management. You can read the North East SUD strategy here.

To find out more about this Call or for help with your application, please contact your local TA Support Officer, details of whom can be found here.

An information event will be held on this Call on Wednesday 15 May 2019. To register to attend or for more details, email: [email protected]

European Social Fund (ESF) calls

ESF Skills for Growth project call in North East LEP area OC25S19P1405: Call to run a project to promote the development of a highly skilled workforce in the North East Region LEP area.

Find out more about this call here.

An information event about this call will be held on 14 June. For details and to register, click here.

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) calls

  • Food processing grants
  • Rural Tourism Infrastructure grants
  • Rural Tourism grants
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) calls

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.

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