In April 2016 partners from across Gateshead were successful in accessing support from the European Structural Investment Funds to develop a Local Development Strategy to highlight the local barriers that residents of central Gateshead face in return to work or enterprise.
In October 2016 permission was given to prepare a detailed proposal for partners to develop a Local Action Group to manage a delegated grants programme to match fund local initiatives that would help deliver the aspirations of the Strategy. This application was submitted in January 2017 and a decision is expected shortly.
Whilst there is no guarantee that this second stage application will be successful, the Local Action Group would be keen to hear from organisations that may be interested in helping to developing a "pipeline" of potential ideas / proposals that the LAG would consider in due course. Should the application be successful, Gateshead Council will be the programmes Accountable Body.
Proposals would need to ensure that they deliver the objectives of theand meet ERDF / ESF objectives. In addition all projects will need to provide matched funding to be supported.
This page will be used to issue calls for projects, to provide information on the progress of projects and inform you of ways to get involved - such as the dates of the Annual Local Action Group Forum meetings. It will also be used to develop a Members Register of organisations and individuals based in the area that would give you the opportunity to help elect the LAG Executive that makes decisions on project funding.
Gateshead Goes Local CLLD
Gateshead CLLD wards are: Dunston and Teams, Bridges, Felling, Pelaw and Heworth, Wardley and Leam Lane, Windy Nook and Whitehills, High Fell, Chowdene, Low Fell, Deckham, Saltwell and Lobley Hill and Bensham.
The area covers most of central Gateshead, stretching along the southern banks of the River Tyne from Dunston to Pelaw, encompassing the town centre and south to Chowdene. The total population is around 105,000. The area was chosen due to high levels of disadvantage and the proximity to key employment centres including Team Valley Trading Estate, central Newcastle and Follingsby.
Community Led Local Development is intended to:
- encourage local communities to develop integrated bottom-up approaches in circumstances where there is a need to respond to territorial and local challenges calling for structural change
- build community capacity and stimulate innovation (including social innovation), entrepreneurship and capacity for change by encouraging the development and discovery of untapped potential from within communities and territories
- promote community ownership by increasing participation within communities and build the sense of involvement and ownership that can increase the effectiveness of EU policies; and
- assist multi-level governance by providing a route for local communities to fully take part in shaping the implementation of EU objectives in all areas.
Gateshead Goes Local - Interim Project Manager CLLD
Enterprise and Industry Unit
Economic and Housing Growth
0191 433 2604