Funding applications

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.

Innovation Project Development Fund

We are 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 23:59pm on 30 March 2018, with a review point on 8th December 2017 for early submissions.

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 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.      

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 £200,000 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).

Download the project call 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. Contact James Davies ([email protected]) or call him on 0191 3387432 for more information.

In order to be considered, applicants must complete the Project Business Case form and submit this to Ben McLaughlin ([email protected]) by the deadline specified above.  

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

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) calls

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