Here you will find information on grants and funding for individuals, organisations and businesses in Northumberland.
The Growth Hub provides information and signposts to the latest in regional business support services and finance and funding opportunities, helping businesses access the funding and support they need to grow.
The Growth Hub is delivered by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP). The LEP works to make the North East a place where more businesses invest, grow and prosper, to deliver more and better jobs for everyone. The North East area covers County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.
To access the Growth Hub please click this link
Grants are available to support eligible rural businesses with growth potential that require direct capital investment to grow, expand productive capacity or diversify into new markets or products.
Grant projects must be based in the rural areas of Northumberland, North Tyneside, or Newcastle and the programme can offer grants ranging from £10,000 upwards at a maximum intervention rate of 40%.
To access the grant, you must be looking to create a minimum of one full time job, and operate in one of our target sectors:
The Rural Growth Team takes a lead on economic growth in rural areas of the county.
This is achieved by working across several themes, including natural capital, energy, culture, place, and business support.
The team supports the development of programmes and projects within these themes working with partners across the Authority and a range of external partners, to deliver benefits to the economy and communities across Northumberland.
Support is provided, alongside others, to help the Economy and Regeneration Service deliver the following primary functions:
Upcoming s106 Housing Developer Fund Panels (Sport & Play) 2022-2023
Last updated 6 Jan 2021
This fund is for companies which are facing financing difficulties due to COVID-19. The loans range from £125,000 to £5 million (subject to at least equal match funding from private investors), and may be an option for businesses unable to access other government support.
The scheme is open for applications until the end of September 2020.
Please click here to apply for the coronavirus Future Fund.
The Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan will help both small and medium-sized businesses affected by the pandemic.
Businesses will be able to apply for loans from £2,000 to £50,000, with no fees or interest for the first 12 months.
Please click here to apply for the coronavirus Bounce Back Loan.
***Due to high levels of demand for this fund, it is now closed from Friday 25 March***
Full list of grant recipients
To help communities celebrate the occasion, Northumberland County Council has allocated £70,000 to create a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Fund. The purpose of this special fund is to enable non-profit making community and voluntary groups, schools, local charities, parish councils and churches within Northumberland to apply for grant funding to help them to take part in celebratory events, and community and legacy projects, to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Community groups are encouraged to organise commemorative or celebratory events for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee extended bank holiday weekend of 2 June 2022 to 5 June 2022, but supported activities can take place throughout the year. Grants of up to £500 are available from the opening of the fund on Friday 14th January 2022.
All project activity must commence after 1 April 2022 and be completed by the end of the calendar year. The Fund will close for applications when all funds have been allocated, and no later than 28 October 2022.
Defra Unveils Draft Environment Bill
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published the draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill, setting out how the UK will maintain environmental standards after Brexit whilst building on the vision of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.
The Bill was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May in July 2018 and is designed to place environmental ambition and accountability at the heart of government. Environmental decisions made in the UK – from improving air and water quality to protecting endangered species – are currently overseen by the European Commission and are underpinned by a number of EU principles, including the precautionary principle, sustainable development and the ‘polluter pays’ principle. While these principles are already central to government environmental policy, they are not set out in one place besides the EU treaties.
The draft Bill focuses on three core principles, which set out an ambitious new green governance system, incorporating key clauses on environmental principles and governance that will be part of the wider Environment Bill. The key principles are as follows:
Environmental principles: The environmental principles – such as the “polluter pays” principle or that the public should be able to participate in environmental decision-making – are fundamental to achieving the Government’s environmental ambitions. These will act as guiding principles to help protect the environment from damage and will encourage decision-makers to further consider the environment in the development of government policy.
The Office for Environmental Protection: A world-leading, green governance body will be established – the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) – to uphold environmental legislation. The OEP will be an independent, statutory environmental body that will hold government and public bodies to account on environmental standards, including taking legal action to enforce the implementation of environmental law where necessary, replacing the current oversight of the European Commission.
25 Year Environment Plan: The draft Bill proposes making it a legal requirement for government to have a plan for improving the environment, to monitor and report annually to Parliament on progress and update it at least every five years. The 25 Year Environment Plan would become the first such plan, giving it the status and permanence to deliver on the Bill’s goals.
This draft Bill comes ahead of a full Environment Bill to be introduced in 2019. This Bill will contain specific measures to tackle ongoing environmental issues, including: cleaning up the air; restoring and enhancing nature; improving waste management and resource efficiency; and managing water resources better. It will also contain measures to improve human health and wellbeing.
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