Programmes & funding

Here you will find information on grants and funding for individuals, organisations and businesses in Northumberland.

This page looks at how the council’s programmes funding and projects are run.

The Corporate Programmes and External Funding team helps with council funding applications and manages approved funding programmes from inception to closure.

The team’s responsibilities include:
  • programme and project management
  • inception and design
  • contract issue coordination
  • funding bids and business cases
  • technical appraisals and due diligence 
  • external funding advice and signposting service
  • funding networks 
  • funding research and production and distribution of the Funding 'e'Bulletin 
  • state aids and legal work around external funding/financial programmes 
  • programme and project monitoring and compliance 
  • evaluations of programmes and projects
For further information on these and other funding services, please contact David Baird 01670 623888.
Activities are in key investments in themed areas. These include:
  • broadband 
  • physical regeneration and workspace / Hub development
  • culture, heritage and tourism
  • transport
  • KIBs
  • SME investment
  • food and drink
  • rural business development
  • rural services and community development
  • historic area improvement schemes
  • Peregrini landscape partnership
  • business support programmes
  • employment / back to work schemes
  • LEADER programme management and delivery
  • Fisheries Local Action Group - North of Tyne FLAG
  • EU programme Technical Assistance 
  • RGN - Rural Growth Network 
The priority investment areas for Northumberland are:
  • Ashington town centre
  • Blyth town centre (Supermarket Land)
  • property development funds – SE Northumberland and Berwick
  • Rural areas and market towns
  • Blyth Estuary renewable energy zone (Berez) and enterprise zones 
  • Berwick future
  • Amble
To deliver these key priorities, the team works closely with Arch and other teams


Heather Smith
corporate programmes and external funding manager David Baird
external funding appraisal manager