The Sunderland CLLD Call for Projects is now live.

This call invites Outline Applications which support the delivery of the Sunderland Local Development Strategy objectives. All eligible project activity and expenditure must benefit eligible individuals, businesses or organisations within the defined Sunderland CLLD area. Outline applications approved by the LAG will be invited to submit a full application.

For a full list of supporting resources and documents, click here.

Outline Applications received after the published deadline of Monday 30 April 2018 will not be considered.

ESF or ERDF investment in the CLLD target area is intended to make a significant impact on local employment, skills, enterprise and community capacity-building. There is no minimum application level for funding. However, other more appropriate funding opportunities may be available to support smaller projects seeking less than £15,000 of European funding support.

All potential applicant organisations are encouraged to work together with other local partners to generate new ideas, approaches and develop joint proposals. Where organisations are seeking to deliver both ERDF and ESF activities however, separate Outline Applications will be required.

Typically, projects should plan to deliver activity for a minimum of 1 year (e.g. for pilot projects), up to a maximum of 3-5 years in exceptional cases. However, the LAG reserves the right to vary the minimum and maximum durations, upwards or downwards.

The criterion for assessing project proposals is set out in the Evaluation and Scoring Guidance. However, innovation, partnership-working, community engagement, value for money and alignment with local strategic priorities will all form key parts of the assessment of applications.

Projects should also consider how they will contribute to the strategy's performance indicators as well as other local outputs and impacts relevant to the project. These might include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • New social investment / enterprise projects developed

  • Positive progression towards employment, training, volunteering or other outcome

  • Improved awareness of enterprise infrastructure

  • Increased collaboration on joint projects

  • Shared learning and knowledge transfer

  • Improved skills, capacity and local leadership to meet local needs

  • CLLD target communities better connected and able to take advantage of wider opportunities

  • Business Survival rates at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months

  • Difference in household income pre and post start-up

Sunderland City Council is the Accountable Body for CLLD in Sunderland. The Council will appraise and evaluate applications on behalf of the Local Action Group (LAG). The LAG will make the final decision on whether projects are approved or rejected.

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