Here you can find information on previous funding opportunities and projects. You may also want to check our individual priority pages for case studies of how funding has been used.

Small business looking for funding or advice? Our Growth Hub is the place for you.

Bids invited for £15m Fund to Enhance Northern Culture (Closed 30/09/17)

The York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Enterprise Partnership is seeking high impact investment proposals to submit to the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund that will drive economic growth in our area.

The LEP is seeking investments that will encourage sustainable cultural and creative regeneration, increase local opportunities and wellbeing and build partnerships with the cultural and creative sectors to increase investment and economic growth

Prioritisation of bids will be undertaken by the LEP. You can find the assessment criteria and guidance notes here.

Local Growth Funding  – Call for Proposals 7th July – 31st July 2017

Local Growth Funding is delivered through the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Growth Deal. This is a deal with Government to support key capital investments that deliver jobs and growth. Our Growth Deal is currently valued at £145m.9 to be delivered between 2015 and 2021.

This call for projects was particularly seeking bids for projects that contributed to delivering the opportunities set out in the SEP that will contribute to:

  • Unlock the housing growth the area needs and fast-track employment sites with market demand for high value sector growth.
  • Improve East West connectivity, particularly between towns and their neighbouring cities, maximise rail investment through station improvements and better access, and ease congestion in York and Harrogate.
  • Enhance the resilience of the local economy, particularly to flooding.
  • Ensure widespread reliable telecommunications and high speed broadband.
  • Skills Capital (there is a separate call for skills capital projects – above).

You can find out more about what this call involved, the projects considered and how it could be applied for in this guidance document. You can download the 2017 Local Growth Fund application form here, under the funding ‘tab’.

The Bioeconomy Growth Fund

As part of our Local Growth Fund, funding of up to £10m was made available from our Bioeconomy Growth Fund to grow our area’s businesses.

The Bioeconomy Growth Fund was made available to the sector which provides a low carbon, renewable alternative to our fossil fuel based economy.

  • First round applications opened Thursday 08 September and Closed October 08th 2016.
  • The second round opened in December 2016.
  • The deadline for expressions of interest of the second round was January 5th.
  • Full application submission was on the 20th February 2017.

You can read more about what this involved and eligibility here.

European Funding

Friday 16 December – 30 April 2017

A round of ESIF funding opened on Friday 16 December 2016. Around £13 million was made available for investment to create jobs and economic growth.

The funding was available for the schemes below, you can click to find out more:

2016 ESF Skills Contracts Awarded

York, North Yorkshire & East Riding is benefiting from around 20 million investment in European Structural Investment Funding (ESIF).

Our emerging projects are directed towards:

  • Supporting our local businesses to grow and develop their workforce.
  • Supporting those already in work to progress their skills levels.
  • Supporting young people to make better informed careers choices.
  • Helping those furthest from the labor market to progress towards employment.

For further details about these projects and their eligibility click here.

Growing Places Funding

Successful capital investment awards to date are:

  • Scarborough Borough Council (£2.5m) re: enabling site infrastructure works to facilitate the expansion of Whitby Business Park.
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway (£0.5m) re: enabling necessary capital infrastructure upgrades to the railway, facilitating the opening up of the direct route from Pickering to Whitby.
  • The Potter Group (£0.9m) re-enabling site infrastructure works to create a new business park A1M50 Melmerby Business Park, Ripon.
  • The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (£2.7m) re: enabling site infrastructure upgrade and development works at the National Agri-Food Campus at Sand Hutton, York.
  • Bishopdyke Enterprises Limited (£3.1m) re-enabling site infrastructure works to develop a new warehousing business park, Sherburn2, Sherburn-in-Elmet.

The YNYER LEP Board also previously approved £195k to assist with capital infrastructure project development costs to help stimulate the capital project pipeline within the LEP area. Funded proposals were:

  • East Riding Council £20,000 – master plan and business plan fees to support the Bridlington Harbour & Marina project.
  • FERA £30,000 – market assessment survey fees to support the Agri-Tech Centre of Innovation for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) capital build bid.
  • Hambleton DC £30,000 – survey fees in connection with the redevelopment of the former prison site in Northallerton.
  • Hambleton DC £30,000 – feasibility study fees to address flooding issues at Dalton Industrial Estate currently restricting growth and development.
  • Ryedale Council – £25,000 – consultant fees for a transport/highways study to open up future growth and development at Kirkbymoorside.
  • Ryedale Council – £30,000 – study/assessment fees to open up future growth and development land at Thornton Road Technology Park, Pickering.
  • Richmondshire DC – £30,000 – feasibility study fees to assess site usage and redevelopment of the former Cleveland Steel & Tubes site at Weatherald Woods.

Skills Capital funding

The focus of the Skills Capital Fund is to provide high quality learning facilities that contribute to economic growth and meet labor market requirements. Skills capital projects may include new buildings, refurbishment of poor quality buildings, new equipment and software.

You can read more about our successful Skills Capital Funded projects on our Skills Infrastructure page or read our Skills Infrastructure Project Briefs

Contact emails:
[email protected]
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What if we have a skills capital proposal that it is not quite ready to submit?

It is strategically important for the Local Enterprise Partnership to have a strong awareness of potential projects even though only at conceptual stage. In order to gain a better insight of future skills needs the Partnership will engage in activities to collect these conceptual projects. Wherever possible the Partnership will help to develop conceptual proposals towards funded projects. Please contact Pete Johnson to discuss.


Skills Capital funding – Call for Proposals 17th July – 28th July 2017

The Local Enterprise Partnership invited proposals for skills capital projects by submission of an ‘Outline Application’. The invitation was open from 09.00 on 17 July 2017 until 17.00 on 28 July 2017.

You can read the eligibility criteria here and download the Outline Application form here under the ‘funding’ tab.

Assessing the Outline Applications

To ensure consistency with marking, assessors used a scoring matrix (here), to rate the proposal and these assessments are then subjected to a moderating exercise.

Questions? Drop-in Surgery 5 May 2016

A drop-in surgery was held on Thursday 5 May in The Catalyst to answer any questions potential applicants about making a submission.

2015 Skills Capital Fund

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership secured Local Growth Funding in 2015 to support infrastructure projects for economic growth in its area. Two of these initiatives were Skills Capital projects and status is shown below:

1.Selby College – Strategic Growth/Specialist Equipment (operational)
2.Craven College – Aireville Campus Development (progressing)

2014 Skills Capital Fund

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership secured Local Growth Funding in 2014 to support infrastructure projects for economic growth in its area. Three of these initiatives were Skills Capital projects and status is shown below:

1.Askam Bryan College Ari Motor Engineering Centre (funding completed)
2.Askam Bryan College Agri Tech (funding completed)
3.Harrogate College new build and refurbishment (funding completed)

Stakeholder Consultation

A consultation event took place on 13 April 2016 to gain input from stakeholders about managing the fund for the May 2016 call and beyond. The Local Enterprise Partnership wishes to thank participants for their valued contribution.

To complement the input gained from the consultation event an ‘On-line Survey’ was made available

Application Documents

The application form and guidelines can be downloaded here:

The Expression of Interest Form>  Expression Of Interest – 280416

Eligibility and Guidelines> Eligibility & Guidelines 280416

Completing the Expression of Interest> Completing EOI 280416