An update on the European Social Fund grant awards **Current**
Over recent months, £70m of European Social
Funding has been granted to providers across the North East LEP region to
support 30,000 local people into employment and to develop the skills of our
workforce. Read on for a brief overview of the most recent projects:
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EU Update: **Current**
Attached is a copy of the most recent
briefing note from VONNE about employability and skills programmes. It’s a
regional overview, with most recent development highlighted in red text.
Funding on offer to boost rural economy
Over £2m worth of European funding is now available for projects to
strengthen the economy of rural areas across the North Pennine Dales.
The North Pennine Dales (NPD) LEADER programme is seeking applications for
the grant to fund projects that increase farm and forestry production, boost
rural tourism or support small and micro businesses and farm diversification.
Bids are also welcome for projects which provide cultural and heritage
activities or offer rural services. Running until 2020, Durham County Council
acts as the accountable body for the NPD LEADER programme which covers an
extensive rural area across Gateshead, County Durham and south of
The aim of the €2.666m* programme is to create jobs and support strong and
sustainable economic growth as well as helping to conserve the unique nature
of the local landscapes. By funding projects put forward by people, groups
and businesses in the area it also hopes to target areas that the communities
themselves see as a priority.
Cllr Eddie Tomlinson, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for rural
issues, said: “The LEADER programme promises more jobs and stronger economies
for rural areas across the region. By offering funding towards priorities
that local communities themselves feel are important these projects can make
a real difference for generations to come so we’d encourage everyone in the
area with ideas to get in touch.”
People can find out more by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or
03000 266 895 or online at http://www.durham.gov.uk/npdleader.
Programme: Grants for the Rural Economy – Defra **Current**
The European Growth Programme
provides funding to help projects which create jobs and boost the economy
in England. These grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for
Rural Development (EAFRD). The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) manages the
grants, working with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and local
From March 2015, the RPA is
publishing ‘calls for applications’ under the Growth Programme. The calls
for application invite applications for grants in specific LEP areas.
Calls for applications are currently open in a limited number of LEP
areas, as part of an initial phase, before the programme opens fully. These
calls will only include some of the grants listed below, depending on local
The website states that calls for
applications will open across the country “from June.” The grants that are
available will reflect the priorities of each local area and may include:
• Business development
• Business start-up
• Renewable energy
• Small scale tourism
• Tourism co-operation
• Food processing
NE LEP area Community Led Local Development
(CLLD) call opened **Current**
The initial development of this European funding opportunity is likely to be
co-ordinated by local authorities and provides an opportunity for VCSE
organisations to be part of local action groups to shape the CLLD strategy
for their areas.
When the CLLD programmes go live there will be further opportunities for VCSE
organisations to bid in to develop and deliver local activity. The
number and geographical location of potential CLLD areas will be limited and
defined by IMD 2010 data.
This call is looking to support delivery of CLLD using a two stage
process. For more information on what CLLD is see the introductory information on our
website and further guidance can be found on the gov.uk website.
would encourage VCSE organisations interested in this opportunity to contact
their relevant local authority contact - a list of contacts can be found