European Funding

Growing the North East's potential

The 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme is now live. This funding offers a huge opportunity for the North East.

The European Structural and Investment funds are part of a national programme and are managed and publicised through the GOV.UK website.

The North East LEP area funds include £426m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) as well as £10.5m from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). County Durham qualifies for an additional £7.7m from the Youth Employment Initiative (please note these amounts are notional and subject to exchange rate changes).

Together, these funds will help facilitate the delivery of the Economic Plan for the North East LEP area. Details of the North East European Investment Fund Strategy are available here.

A North East LEP Area Shadow ESIF Sub Committee has been set up as part of the application approval process. You can find out more about the Sub Committee here.

More information

Key contacts in each Local Authority can provide more information about our European Programme.


County Durham Stephen McDonald

Maggie Bosanquet

Gateshead Jim Gillon
Newcastle Kit England

Adrian Mcloughlin

North Tyneside Michael Keenlyside
Northumberland Hugh Clear-Hill
South Tyneside Stephen Calvert
Sunderland Dianne Pattison


For support to make sure that your ERDF application complies with all official guidelines, please contact:

Local Authority Contact Name Contact Details
Durham County Council Jan McDonald

03000 269 484

Gateshead Council  Andrew Tate

0191 433 2084

Newcastle City Council Claire Prospert

0191 211 5693

Kit England

0191 211 50098

North Tyneside Council Judith Nunn

0191 643 6426

Northumberland County Council Carol Johns-McLeod

01670 623875

South Tyneside Council Lee Cranston

0191 424 7792

Sunderland City Council James Garland

0191 561 1158

If you would like to speak to one of the North East LEP team about this call, please contact James Davies or Ben McLaughlin.

Upcoming calls

Further calls are anticipated later in 2016. For more information on potential future calls, please contact


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