Here you will find information on grants and funding for individuals, organisations and businesses in Northumberland.
The North East Technical Assistance (NE-TA) Project is part-funded by the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme.
The aim of the NE-TA Project is to encourage potential partners and providers to understand the nature, range and scope of ESIF opportunities; allowing them to be better informed and to contribute to their delivery as appropriate.
The NE-TA Project provides technical advisory support, ensuring that quality proposals are designed in accordance with ESIF and national funding requirements. The NE-TA team facilitate wide ranging access to the opportunities contained in the ESIF programme, through stakeholder engagement, capacity building activity and increases the visibility of ESIF funding across the North East Local Enterprise Partnership area.
The team is made up of officers from all seven local authorities within the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and links to the relevant websites are detailed below. They have
the expertise to support those interested in making successful applications to the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund. Northumberland County Council is the lead delivery partner for this project on behalf of the North East Combined Authority (NECA).
The project aims to:
To raise awareness of the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme with partners, through delivering information and awareness raising events.
To support the efficient and compliant management and implementation of the ESIF Programme to help ensure that performance targets are achieved and that ESIF projects comply with applicable law.
As part of the NE-TA Project, Northumberland County Council is able to provide advisory support to ESIF project applicants in Northumberland in order to promote the design and development of compliant projects at both outline and full application stages.
We are very interested in hearing from organisations who are developing ideas for future ESIF projects and who wish to share these ideas with TA officers prior to making a formal application.
For a discussion around calls and/or support to develop a proposal for the Northumberland area please contact:
Corporate Programmes & Funding Manager
Tel. 01670 623883
Senior Project Officer (ERDF)
Tel. 01670 623875
Senior Project Officer (ESF)
Tel. 01670 623876
The European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) Growth Programme will allocate approximately more than £426m to the North East for the period 2014-2020. The ESIF programme aims to support the North East Strategic Economic Plan for 'More and Better jobs' for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) area.
Two of the main European Funding programmes within ESIF are the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund programmes:
European Social Fund (ESF) focuses on improving the employment opportunities, promoting social inclusion and investing in skills by providing help people need to fulfil their potential. The priorities of this fund are set out in the European Social Fund Operational Programme
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supports research and innovation, small to medium sized enterprises and creation of a low carbon economy. The priorities of this fund are set out in the ERDF Operational Programme
The NELEP geography is made up of 7 local authority areas, including Sunderland, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside and South Tyneside. The following links will take you to the NE-TA project partner websites:
Durham County Council
Newcastle City Council
North Tyneside Council
South Tyneside Council
Sunderland City Council
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For NCC staff whose function involves searching for funding to support or develop Council services, we could provide a free licence to access the full range of Grantfinder services. Grantfinder is distributed by the Idox group and is Europe’s leading provider of up-to-date funding and policy information. Recipients must have a valid NCC email address therefore partner organisations may not be eligible for a licence.
The availability of full licences are restricted by number and by service, so if your department already has a licence you may have to share. To ask about a licence, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The original £600k grant funding available to projects within the FLAG area which comprises of fourteen coastal settlements covering approximately sixty-five miles from North Shields to Berwick-upon-Tweed, has now been reduced with the approval of four projects with many more projects in development. Further information is available on the FLAG webpage.
Historical funds which have contributed to this legacy include:
North East Investment Funds 3, 3b and 3c: These mezzanine funds generated £9.5m legacy.
NEL Growth Fund: This seed capital fund invested in 25 SMEs. Anticipated legacy over £2m.
Three Pillars Fund/ Design & Creative/ Creative Content Funds: A range of pilot funds investing in hi-tech growth businesses, the creative/digital/film sectors.
Proof of Concept and Co-Investment Funds: Helped early stage businesses to prove their viability and invested in hi-tech SMEs. Legacy is over £10m with more to be realised.
To be redirected to their website www.nea2f.co.uk/
The North East Social Investment Company (NESIC) has launched The North East Social Investment Fund (NESIF), the first fund of its kind in England. NESIF is a £10.2 million fund set up specifically to provide investment to organisations that are passionate about making a positive social impact by taking on some of the big social challenges faced by the region. These challenges include homelessness, poverty, unemployment, health and social care, mental health, offender rehabilitation and the regeneration of deprived communities. The social investments NESIF can offer range in size from 100k to £1 million and work alongside banks and other sources of finance to deliver the right package of funding designed to meet each organisation’s circumstances and needs
So, if you’re an ambitious community or voluntary organisation, or a social enterprise dedicated to addressing social issues faced by the region, NESIF could be the fund you’ve been waiting for! NESIF is officially open for business and actively seeking applications from organisations located in or with substantial operations in the North East of England
The North East Social Investment Company (NESIC) is backed by Northern Rock Foundation, Big Society Capital and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and managed by Northstar Ventures
To be redirected to the funders website click here
The Food Waste Reduction Fund aims to help avoid surplus food produced by food businesses from becoming waste, by enabling not-for-profit organisations across England to redistribute more of this food to people in need.
Funding will be provided for projects to help overcome barriers to increasing redistribution. Projects could cover areas such as
Funding will be awarded with the aim of making a significant increase to the amount of food redistributed, as cost-effectively as possible. It is expected that grants will range from £20,000 to £75,000. WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) is administering the fund on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
There is a two-stage application process and the deadline for expressions of interest is 30 March 2018.
To be redirected to the funders website click here
BIS state aid manual: BIS-15-148-state-aid-manual
The national Rural Growth Network has specific funding and expertise available for businesses located in rural locations, to help generate rural economic growth.
The North East Rural Growth Network is one of five regional growth networks across England, covering Northumberland, Durham and Gateshead and are part of a national programme launched by the Government, aimed at stimulating economic growth in rural businesses and communities.
Between 2012 and 2015 £15 million was allocated nationally from DEFRA to support Rural Growth Networks to deliver proposals aimed at helping rural areas overcome barriers to growth, such as poor infrastructure, scarcity of business premises and lack of business networks.
The North East Rural Growth Network delivered a programme of pilot initiatives between 2012-2015, which has been highly successful. With a funding allocation of £3.2m it has helped around 200 new businesses to establish themselves within rural areas; assisted more than 1,000 businesses with either financial support of business advice; created more than 100 new enterprise spaces at 13 business hub sites across the rural North East.
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