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How to apply for funding

The fourth call for CLLD projects in Sunderland is open. The deadline for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) has been extended to 30 September 2022 in order to support the establishment of a reserve list of projects.

Please note that CLLD funding is now largely allocated. However, we are still interested in receiving project ideas for potential 'reserve' projects should sufficient funding become available from ESF and/or ERDF to support the following 3 Strategic Objectives:

  • Strategic objective 1: Enhancing employment and skills provision
  • Strategic objective 2: Boosting enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Strategic objective 3: Improving community capacity, partnership working and social innovation

We are  particularly interested in projects that will work with:

  • People with disabilities and/or support specific disadvantaged groups into work.
  • Potential entrepreneurs and/or support existing businesses to increase their workforce.

If you have specific proposals that will make a strong contribution to the programme's outputs, please contact the Accountable Body Team by email:

Application pack for the EOI stage: 

Sunderland CLLD Call for Projects (PDF) [414KB] (opens new window)

Call 4 Expression of Interest Guidance (PDF) [255KB] (opens new window)

Call 4 Expression of Interest Form (Word doc) [1MB] (opens new window)

Call 4 Evaluation and Scoring Guidance (PDF) [126KB] (opens new window)

Supporting information and key guidance documents:  

Sun CLLD LDS Executive Summary Nov 2017 (PDF) [292KB] (opens new window)

Sun CLLD LDS Updated 1 Nov 2017 (PDF) [2MB] (opens new window)

Sunderland CLLD Monitoring and Evaluation plan Oct 2017 (PDF) [468KB] (opens new window)   

Background Research Paper - Employment & Skills (PDF) [384KB] (opens new window)    

Background Research Paper - Enterprise (PDF) [398KB] (opens new window)                                                                        

Sunderland CLLD Equal Opportunities Policy (PDF) [255KB] (opens new window)               
Sunderland CLLD Sustainable Development Policy (PDF) [340KB] (opens new window)  

Application process overview (PDF) [268KB] (opens new window)                       

Example CLLD Funding Agreement (PDF) [303KB] (opens new window)   

Glossary of Terms (PDF) [661KB] (opens new window)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) [634KB] (opens new window)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Useful web links:

European Structural and Investment Funds: useful resources

Cross-cutting themes - further information and good practice material:

ESF cross cutting themes guidance

ESF gender equality good practice guide 2012

National ESIF procurement requirements

Sunderland 369 Vision

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