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Programmes and Funding

The Programmes and External Funding team manages and administers external grant funding programmes.

Corporate Programmes, Funding and Projects

The Corporate Programmes and External Funding team manages and administers grant funding programmes. The team’s responsibilities include:

  • Project Management
  • Contract Coordination
  • Funding Bids 
  • External funding advice and signposting 
  • Funding Research
  • Project Monitoring
  • Performance Management of Programmes and Projects


From time-to-time the team produce briefing notes on hot topics and areas which might be of interest to those involved in funding applications and funding policy. The most recent briefings can be accessed here: The information published is to our knowledge correct and as this information is highly dependent on that provided by third parties, Northumberland County Council cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracy or complaint arising from items in these publications:

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Activities are in key investments in themed areas. These include:

  • ICT and Broadband 
  • Physical Regeneration (Blyth and Ashington areas)
  • Culture and Tourism
  • Market Towns and Rural Support
  • Historic Area Improvement Schemes - Amble and Berwick

Priority Investments

The priority investment areas for Northumberland are:

  • Ashington Town Centre
  • Blyth Town Centre (Supermarket Land)
  • Property Development Funds – SE Northumberland Land & Berwick
  • Blyth Estuary Renewable Energy Zone (Berez)
  • Berwick Future

To deliver these key priorities the Programmes and Funding Team works closely with Arch, the Northumberland Development Company and the Local Growth Team.

Key Contacts

Heather Smith, Corporate Programmes & External Funding Manager
Tel: 01670 623883


Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)

The RDPE is a seven-year programme (2007-2013) delivering money allocated to England from the EU and Defra via the European Fund for Rural Development. It aims to support and promote sustainable farming, forestry and food sectors, and also aims to bring wider benefits for the economy, the environment and rural communities.

Allocations are made to Defra each year to deliver the socio-economic elements of the programme in the region. This money will be targeted at making agriculture and forestry more competitive and sustainable, and to enhance opportunities in rural areas.

In Northumberland the RDPE programme offers funding under LEADER for Northumberland Coast and Lowlands and Northumberland Uplands.

Please note that this current round of funding is now fully committed.

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LEADER Approach

This is a community led approach to rural development based on local needs, projects have to fit with the development strategies of the Local Action Groups (LAGS) responsible for a specific LEADER area. In Northumberland there are two main LEADER areas:

Northumberland Coast and Lowlands area - covers Pegswood north to the Scottish Borders and west to the A697 – including Amble, Alnwick, Berwick, Belford, Lynemouth.




The Northumberland Uplands - covers 3,042 km² of the county, running from the South Tyne River northwards to the border with Scotland and the River Till.


Tom Burston, Northumberland Uplands LEADER Coordinator
Tel: 01669 622063


Activity and resources in both areas will be focussed on achieving five key objectives:

- Supporting micro-enterprise development;
- Increasing the use of wood bio-energy;
- Creating the conditions for sustainable communities;leader
- Supporting sustainable farming and forestry; and
- Promoting tourism and recreation which builds on the area’s natural and cultural assets.


In addition the North Pennine Dales LEADER covers Teesdale, parts of Weardale, Derwentside and Tynedale (Wards: Allendale, Slaley and Hexhamshire, South Tynedale, West Tynedale, Stocksfield with Mickley, Broomhaugh and Riding).


The new RDPE Leader programme is estimated to commence in 2015 and key points to note:

  • Following a series of regional ‘roadshows’, formal consultation with Delivery Agents will commence Spring 2013
  • Evaluation of the 07-13 programme will feed into its design
  • 6 priorities have been identified to focus delivery
  • Defra are hoping for programme approval to be in place mid-2014 for a 2015 start
  • The European Commission are looking to align the social cohesion funds under one Common Strategic Framework (CSF), this means that Rural Development (including Leader) will sit alongside EU Structural Funds such as European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF). It is envisaged that the alignment of these different EU funds will bring about high and sustainable growth alongside environmental benefits.

The Berwick and Amble Historic Area Improvement Schemes

As part of a conservation led regeneration initiative the Historic Area Improvement schemes are small grant programmes funded by English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Northumberland County Council. Currently, there are still improvement schemes operating in Berwick and Amble. These schemes offer funding to businesses for external repairs to the historic fabric and reinstatement of architectural features using high quality natural materials and traditional repair methods, and for works to bring redundant space back into economic use which is located in key strategic areas.

The Berwick HAIS comprises of two English Heritage Area Partnership areas, Bridge Street and Castlegate and the Townscape Heritage Initiative “At the Crossroads: Heart of Berwick-upon-Tweed”.  For more information on the Berwick Scheme please contact Annette Reeves on 01670 622659 or

Funding Bulletins

If you wish to view the previous bulletins, click the link for Funding Bulletins Archive.

pdfExternal Funding Bulletin No50 28th February 2014.pdf 390 KB3/4/2014 11:57 AM
pdfExternal Funding Bulletin No 49 20th January 2014 (i).pdf 398 KB3/4/2014 11:57 AM