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North East Technical Assistance (NE-TA) Project

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The North East Technical Assistance (NE-TA) Project is part-funded by the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme. The ESIF Programme comprises two of the main European Funding programmes, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF).

The aim of the NE-TA Project is to encourage potential partners and providers to understand the nature, range and scope of ESIF opportunities; allowing them to be better informed and to contribute to their delivery as appropriate.

The NE-TA Project provides technical advisory support, ensuring that quality proposals are designed in accordance with ESIF and national funding requirements. The NE-TA team facilitate wide ranging access to the opportunities contained in the ESIF programme, through stakeholder engagement, capacity building activity and increases the visibility of ESIF funding across the North East LEP area.

The NE-TA team is made up of officers working in a range of organisations who have the expertise to support those interested in making successful applications to the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

The project aims to:

  1. To raise awareness of the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme with partners, through delivering information and awareness raising events.
  2. To support the efficient and compliant management and implementation of the ESIF Programme to help ensure that performance targets are achieved and that ESIF projects comply with applicable law.

As part of the NE-TA Project, Sunderland City Council is able to provide advisory support to ESIF project applicants in Sunderland in order to promote the design and development of compliant projects at both outline and full application stages.

We are very interested in hearing from organisations who are developing ideas for future ESIF projects and who wish to share these ideas with TA officers prior to making a formal application.

For a discussion around calls and/or support to develop a proposal for the Sunderland area please contact:

James Garland

Principal Funding & Commercial Officer (ERDF & ESF)

Tel. 0191 561 1158


Lynsey Barnes

Funding & Commercial Officer (ERDF)

Tel. 0191 561 1611


Rachel Edmond

Funding & Commercial Officer (ESF)

Tel: 0191 561 2331

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