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

Contacts:

Heather Smith
corporate programmes and external funding manager David Baird
external funding appraisal manager
 
European Regional Development (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) funding opportunities have recently been launched. The funding available is part of the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Growth Programme.

Project Area
 Projects responding to the ERDF calls should deliver activities in the North East Region LEP area.  

Minimum Application Level -
European Regional Development Fund investment is intended to make a significant impact on local growth. Applications are expected to demonstrate appropriate scale and impact. The managing authority does not intend to allocate less than £500,000 European Regional Development Fund to any single project. Consequently projects with a total value of less than £1,000,000 will not normally be supported under this call. Applications for less than £500,000 ERDF for extensions to existing projects will be considered.

Duration of project activity - Projects should plan to complete delivery of project activity by the end of June 2023; however, the managing authority reserves the right to vary this date.

Call deadlines - 23:59 on Monday 30 September 2019

The calls are as follows:

1.SME support: call in the North East (OC25R19P 0908)

This call is looking to:
  • promote entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators
  • support the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development
  • support the capacity of small and medium sized enterprises to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation processes

Value - Up to £21,400,000 is available through this call, of which £10,600,000 is made available in the More Developed Category of Region and £10,800,000 in the Transition Category of Region. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.

For more information, download the call specification.

2. Low Carbon: call in the North East (OC25R19P 0909)


Call to run project's supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in the North East.
  • Promoting the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources
  • Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises
  • Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector
  • Promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures
  • Promoting research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies
For more information, download the call specification.
Value -Up to £18,100,000 of funding is available through this call. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.

3. Climate change: call in the North East (OC25R19S 0915)

Call for project's promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management in the North East
This call is looking to promote climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management and specifically promoting investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems.
For more information, download the call specification

Value - Up to £1,000,000 of funding is available through this call. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.
 

4. Research and Innovation: call in the North East (OC25R19P 0907)


This call is looking to:
  • Enhance research and innovation infrastructure and capacities to develop research and innovation excellence, and promote centres of competence, in particular those of European interest
  • Promote business investment in research and innovation
For more information, download the call specification
Value - Up to £10,800,000 of funding is available through this call. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.

 

5. Sustainable Urban Development (Low Carbon and Climate Control): call in North East (OC25R19S 0915)

This call is looking to support the shift towards a low carbon economy and to promote climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management and specifically:

  • Promoting the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources
  • Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises
  • Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector
  • Promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures
  • Promoting research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies
  • Promoting investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems
For more information, download the call specification.

Value - Up to £9,000,000 of funding (£7,000,000 for Priority Axis 4 and £2,000,000 for Priority Axis 5) is available through this call. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.

 
ERDF - If you have any queries or would like to discuss anything further, please contact:

Carol Johns-McLeod, Senior Project Officer (ERDF) Telephone 01670 623875
Email - Carol.Johns-McLeod@northumberland.gov.uk
 
 
A new European Social Fund (ESF) funding opportunity has recently been launched.  The funding available is part of the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Growth Programme which is available to the region and focuses on employability and skills. 
 
This Call covers all working age groups and circumstances and is designed to generate proposals that help the region achieve a more balanced demand and supply of the labour market.
Projects should clearly reflect the relevant local context across the geography they are targeting within the region, an understanding of the target groups of beneficiaries, good value for money and alignment with domestic strategic priorities.

Key target groups include: Unemployed and inactive people, lone parents, women, disabled people, older workers, those with health problems, ethnic minorities, people with caring responsibilities, ex services personnel, care leavers, migrants with the right to work in the UK, those who live in isolated rural areas and those from jobless households.

Applicants can apply to support activity within one or multiple Investment Priorities, either as separate independent projects or as a package of support under one project.

The More Developed (MD) area covers the local authority districts of Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland.  The Transition (T) area is County Durham.
Applications are encouraged from consortia or other similar types of partnership arrangements. In each case the application must be completed and submitted in the ECLAIMS IT system by the lead organisation on behalf of the partnership/consortia.

Approximately £11,224,820 of ESF is available as follows:
Investment Priority 1.1 - Access to Employment for Jobseekers and Inactive People
Approximately 27% - £1,100,000 allocated to the Transition Region . Approximately 73%- £3,000,000 allocated to the More Developed Region

Investment Priority 1.2 -  Sustainable Integration of Young People into the Labour Market
£3,000,000 allocated to the More Developed Region only. No IP 1.2 funding available in the Transitional Region. 

Investment Priority 1.4 - Active Inclusion

Approximately 72% - £2,955,000 allocated to the Transition Region.  Approximately 28%- £1,169,820 allocated to the More Developed Region
Deadline:  midnight 2nd December 2019 - this is for completion and submission of a Full Application.  The Managing Authority is now using a single stage application process.  All applications now also need to be submitted using the ECLAIMS IT system only.  
For more information, download the call specification.
 
If you have any queries or would like to discuss anything further, please contact:
Elaine Maylin, Senior Project (ESF), tel 01670 623876 / mobile 07966323659,
email elaine.maylin@northumberland.gov.uk