The 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme is now live. This funding offers a huge opportunity for the North East.
The North East LEP area funds include £380m 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).
Low Carbon (PA4) Call December 2015
Call close: 31 May 2016
A further call for Low Carbon activities (PA4) has been launched, and releases a further £15-18m worth of ERDF for investments across the full range of eligible low carbon activities.
Please see the Low Carbon section of our ESIF Strategy for more detailed information.
This call invites responses which address key local priorities, identified in the ESIF Strategy and our Economic Plan:
- Increasing uptake of renewable energy generation
- Energy networks and systems
- Whole building/place solutions
- Developing and growing low carbon supply chains
- Supporting research and development, commercialisation and roll out of, new and innovative technologies, products and processes which reduce carbon emission and energy use, especially linked to smart specialisation areas.
- Business energy efficiency linked to North East Growth Hub activities
We will be holding a workshop in April 2016 which will provide potential applicants with more information on how to apply.
How to apply
Applicants can find out how to apply here. There has also been a document produced that provides output indicator definitions guidance, which applicants may find useful when submitting their applications. This advice can be found 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.
Other Information about the call and Useful Contacts
Elements of the Low Carbon call must be undertaken in line with a Low Carbon Plan (see (4a) responding to energy generation and (4e) and more holistic, place-based activities). A Low Carbon Plan across the North East LEP area is being developed with partners during 2016. Key contacts in each Local Authority can provide information on relevant documents which can be used in the meantime.
|County Durham||Stephen McDonald
|North Tyneside||Michael Keenlyside||Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|South Tyneside||Stephen Calvert||Stephen.Calvert@southtyneside.gov.uk|
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 McDonaldemail@example.com
03000 269 484
|Gateshead Council||Andrew Tatefirstname.lastname@example.org
0191 433 2084
|Newcastle City Council||Claire Prospertemail@example.com
0191 211 5693
0191 211 50098
|North Tyneside Council||Judith Nunnfirstname.lastname@example.org
0191 643 6426
|Northumberland County Council||Carol Johns-McLeod||Carol.Johns-McLeod@northumberland.gov.uk
|South Tyneside Council||Lee Cranston||
0191 424 7792
|Sunderland City Council||James Garland||James.Garland@sunderland.gov.uk
0191 561 1158
Further calls are anticipated later in 2016. For more information on potential future calls, please contact email@example.com.