ESF Open Call in the North East LEP Event

This event is to bring together organisations who are interested in forming partnerships to bid into the ESF Open Call in the North East LEP area - Specialist Support for Those Furthest from the Labour Market.

In the NE LEP area an ESF Open Call has been launched to fund projects focused on providing specialist, well targeted and integrated support to those with multiple barriers and complex needs in the North East LEP area.

The call is for projects to deliver one or more of three strands of activities:

  • Employment support for those with Protected Characteristics
  • Employment support for workless housing tenants
  • Employment support for offenders and ex-offenders

The nature and range of barriers to the labour market they face can require specialist and integrated support. This call looks to address the multiple factors that contribute to social exclusion and deprivation, impacting on economic growth.

For more information, download the call specification.

Following on from a NE LEP organised briefing event on 3rd October, VONNE is organising this subsequent event to help potential partners to come together across the three strands of the call, and/or geographical areas.

To assist with partnership development activities at the event,  we are asking organisations to complete short online questionnaire relating to whether they wish to be a lead or delivery partner, this information will be collated and shared before the event.  The meeting will be split into two parts, the first part will enable organisations unable to attend the 3rd October event to find out more about the call and a Q&A session.  For the second part, other organisations (who attended the 3rd October event) will join us for the partnership development element of the session.


9.00am  Registration and refreshments

9.30am  Overview of call, evidence of need and context  (This a repeat of the presentation from 3rd October event for those unable to attend the previous event)

9.50am  Q&A

10.00am Refreshment break and arrival of additional attendees

10.15am Introduction to partnership development session

10.30am  Partnership development session

12.30pm  Event closes

PLEASE NOTE: We are trying to source a free venue to host this event, as we have no budget.  If you have a large events space that you can offer, please email Carol Botten  The venue will be confirmed to registered participants once secured.

Register for the event here

Please also complete the delivery partner and/or lead partner information questionnaires via the links below:

Delivery partner survey       Lead partner survey

Further ESF call information


The project must cover the North East LEP area including the Transition area of Durham and the More Developed area of Northumberland, Tyne & Wear.

Value: Approximately £8,000,000 of funding is available. / Deadlines: Outline application deadline: 4 December 2017. / Completion date: The project must be completed no later than 30th June 2021.

How to apply

To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and send the Outline Application form to the email address provided in the call document. The guidance provides information to help you complete the form.

You are also advised to read the details in the call documents in order to produce an application that complies with the requirements and meets the needs set out in the Operational Programme. All this information, the related guidance and the European Social Fund Operational Programme can be found from the ESIF homepage.

Where to send completed applications: Completed Outline Applications must be submitted to 2014-2020.ESFAPPLICATIONS@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK