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European Union - European Regional Development Fund

Introduction

The two main European Funding programmes in the North East are the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) programmes.

The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) will allocate more than £450m to the North East for 2014-2020. The two main European Funding programmes are the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). These two programmes aim to support the North East Strategic Economic Plan for the targeted period.

ERDF 2014-2020

ERDF investment in the North East England for 2014-2020 focuses mainly on five key priorities:

  • Innovation
  • Business support and access to finance
  • Economic assets and infrastructure
  • Low Carbon growth and Climate Change

The Department for Communities and Local Government is responsible for day-to-day management and implementation of the ERDF programme and is accountable to the Local Management Committee, ensuring that the region complies with European Union regulations and delivers an ambitious and successful programme.

In our area, the programme is worth £244 million for the period 2014-2020.

ESF 2014-2020

ESF focuses on improving employment opportunities, promoting social inclusion and investing in skills by providing support to individuals to fulfil their potential. The two main priorities for this programme are:

Inclusive Labour Markets, which combines activities to address employment and social inclusion and Skills for Growth.

The lead agencies are the Department for Work and Pensions, Skills Funding Agency and the National Offender Management Service.

In our area, the programme is worth £200 million for the period 2014-2020.

New projects

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has opened three new calls for projects worth more than £26m across the North East LEP area and are seeking projects that support innovation, high growth businesses and reducing flood risks.

Local events to support project applications will be held, details of which will follow shortly or contact Judith Nunn for ERDF Technical Assistance on 0191 6436426

The latest funding round consists of up to £16m to support investment in research and innovation.

The North East LEP has a goal of making the region an innovation hotspot in Europe. ERDF Investment will concentrate on revenue activity, particularly in relation to providing support to enterprises working within the North East’s four ‘smart specialisation’ areas of; passenger vehicle manufacturing, subsea and offshore technology, life sciences and healthcare and creative and digital industries.

Call closing date: 30 July 2017 with review points on 17 February 2017 and 30 April 2017. Find out more about this call.

Contact us

Judith Nunn
Project Officer (Technical Assistance ERDF)
Business & Economic Development
North Tyneside Council
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY
Telephone: 0191 6436426
Email: judith.nunn@northtyneside.gov.uk

Bev Oakley
Project Officer (Technical Assistance ESF)
North Tyneside Council
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY
Telephone: 0191 643 7039
Email: bev.oakley@northtyneside.gov.uk

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