Funding opportunities

Current funding streams open for applications from North East organisations

Local Growth Funding

We are not currently accepting applications for Local Growth Funding (LGF). To keep up to date with news and opportunities about LGF, please sign up for our newsletter.

Incubator Support Fund

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) is inviting Expressions of Interest from Incubator projects which match the strategic aspirations set out in the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) and the innovation programme with significant potential to make a demonstrable contribution to the Incubator network within the region.

This call will be open until 30 April 2018. Expressions of Interest will be scored and assessed by the North East LEP, with a selection of projects invited to come forward with a HM Treasury Compliant Business Case.

Indicative timeline:

Stage                                                                                                                                          Dates

Expressions of Interest open call                                                                                   mid Feb 2018 – end Apr 2018

Scoring and selection of project to be invited to submit Business Case      May 2018

Business Cases developed and submitted                                                                June 2018 – August 2018

Business Cases determined                                                                                              September 2018 – October 2018

Grant awards                                                                                                                            October 2018 – November 2018


We anticipate that the North East LEP will be asked to fund around 50% of the capital costs of the (re)development incubator space (subject to State Aid).  The maximum grant available through this fund will be £250,000 of capital.

Key Documents:-

We welcome informal contact and discussion from interested parties to help you assess the eligibility of your project, answer any queries and supply you with an application form – the following member of the Programme Team should be contacted:

James Davies [email protected]                0191 3387432

In order to be considered, applicants must complete the Project Business Case form and submit this to Ben McLaughlin ([email protected]) by 23:59pm on 30 April 2018.

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:

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.

European Social Fund (ESF) calls

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) calls

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

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