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Round 2 is open, with an estimated pot of £1million and we are now accepting applications.

The application process is a little bit different this time and we are asking potential projects to start by completing an Expression of Interest (EOI). Successful projects will then be invited to work up a full application. The deadline for EOI's is Friday 10 August at 12 noon.

All the information you need to apply is available on our website

What is Community Led Local Development (CLLD)?

CLLD brings together local communities to explore and understand the challenges and experiences that can make it difficult for people to find a job or set up and run a business. CLLD aims to find solutions to the obstacles people face and support the most disadvantaged on their way to employment or entrepreneurship.

The CLLD Strategy is a 5-year programme that aims to stimulate the local economy to deliver jobs and growth, by supporting activity that addresses local issues and opportunities, delivered by those rooted in the community.

A Local Action Group (LAG) made up of community representatives, public, private and voluntary organisations has been established to explore the issues, develop North of Tyne Community Led Local Development Strategy and oversee its implementation.

Why is it important?

We know that some of the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Newcastle and Wallsend are disconnected from economic opportunities despite being located near to major employment sites. Factors in people’s background or personal circumstances can also present extra challenges, such as poor health, lack of confidence, disabilities or caring responsibilities, or language barriers. CLLD will enable us to tackle inequalities in partnership with communities so that people can make the most of existing and new opportunities, with more and better jobs to shape the future of their neighbourhoods as well as identifying their own priorities.

How will it work?

Our CLLD Strategy is structured around four objectives and six activities:

Objective A -

Making community assets, organisations and the social fabric in the CLLD area more entrepreneurial

Activity 1:

Provision of new, and the promotion and expansion of existing small scale community hub facilities (including neighbourhood hubs that engage with beneficiaries through phone or online chat facilities) to support small and medium enterprises (including social enterprises).

Activity 2:

Promotion of entrepreneurship and self-employment (including small grants to entrepreneurs).

Objective B -

Strengthening the business community in the CLLD area

Activity 3:

Tailored business support activities including: mentoring, coaching, information, advice and guidance (on general business running skills and also on e.g. digital opportunities, insurance, supply chains and communications), small grants to existing and start-up businesses as well as creating and supporting trading and networking opportunities.

Objective C -

Supporting first steps towards economic activity within the CLLD area through learning, tackling multiple barriers and integrating support services.

Activity 4:

Improving low level skills amongst all beneficiaries including communications, ICT and digital skills (mainly community based learning).

Activity 5:

Reducing employment barriers linked to social and economic isolation, e.g. by addressing health and transport issues and increasing access to information and sources of advice on issues such as debt and money management.

Objective D -

Enabling entry to and progression along the pathway to employment and connecting local employers with communities.

Activity 6:

Providing individual (or personalised) pathways to integration, re-entry and progression into employment and better employment, eg. through developing collaborative links between individuals, local employers, the social economy, social enterprises and intermediaries able to provide information, advice and guidance on employment and self-employment options.

Organisations, groups and businesses will be able to apply for funding from the CLLD programme to deliver their local projects that support the Objectives in line with the Activities described above. Newcastle City Council will act as the Accountable Body and will administer the project application process. The projects will be selected by the Local Action Group. The CLLD programme is planned to start on 1 April 2017 and run until 31 March 2022.

What will it achieve?

CLLD aims to close the gap between the least and most well off neighbourhoods by ensuring that disadvantaged communities can access existing and new opportunities that are emerging as a result of significant investment in the local economy.

The CLLD programme aims to support 1790 local people including 1256 unemployed, 449 economically inactive, 340 people over 50, 204 people from ethnic minorities, 518 people with disabilities, 895 women and 161 carers. We hope that the programme will help at least 340 people enter education or training, 200 unemployed find a job and 130 economically inactive to find a job or start looking for one.

The CLLD programme also aims to support 104 existing businesses to grow and create at least 79 new jobs as well as 575 potential entrepreneurs to start their business. There is also scope to refurbish 200m² of community hub buildings.

Who will benefit?

Residents (mainly unemployed and economically inactive), local voluntary organisations and community groups as well as small to medium sized enterprises located in the CLLD area.

Within these groups, the following have been identified as priority groups:

  • Social enterprises and voluntary and community sector groups looking into setting up a social enterprise
  • Women, especially those who have struggled with any kind of economic activity
  • People from ethnic minorities
  • People with disabilities (including people with mental health issues)
  • Carers
  • People who have never worked
  • People who are between 50 and 64

Where will CLLD take place?

The North of Tyne CLLD is targeted at the most disadvantaged areas in Newcastle and Wallsend (North Tyneside). It includes all of Newcastle's neighbourhoods found within England's 20% most deprived Lower Super Output Area's (LSOA) (2010 Index of Multiple Derivation) as well as some adjacent areas to maintain coherence and provide links between areas of need and opportunities. Wallsend's inclusion reflects the bottom-up approach to the Strategy, with the boundary mapped to communities rather than Local Authority boundaries. The total population of our CLLD area is 149,766 and 75% of these residents live within the 20% most disadvantaged LSOAs.

The map below shows the North of Tyne CLLD area (the red boundary):

Map of the North of Tyne CLLD area

How is CLLD funded?

Newcastle City Council and partners are in the process of securing funding from European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) for the delivery of the CLLD Strategy. At the end of October 2016 we were successful with the first phase and invited by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG - Managing Authority for ERDF) and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP - Managing Authority for ESF) to develop the final application by the end of January 2017. If successful, ERDF will provide 60% of the overall project costs in relation to Activities 1-3 and ESF - 50% of the overall project costs in relation to Activities 4-6.

All projects will be required to provide funding to match ERDF or ESF. Sources of this match funding may include eg. grants from local funds and foundations, own resources (eg. in the case of businesses) and staff/volunteer time (for organisations delivering ESF funded projects).

The Strategy asks for £2.5m of European funds, split between £0.9m ERDF and £1.6m ESF. About 15% of the funds (+ the match-funding provided by the Accountable Body and partners) will be used to support project development, promotion, management and administration of the CLLD programme. In total, when combining European funds and match-funding, the programme amounts to nearly £4.7m.

For more information on the North of Tyne CLLD project, please contact:

Economic Development Team, Newcastle City Council -

Or visit our website

Page last updated: 
1 June 2018
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