Carol Botten, CEO of VONNE and North East LEP board member.
Jane Imrie

North East LEP to support region’s social enterprises with new fund

A new fund is being launched in the North East to support new social enterprises across the region.

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has announced new funding for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) projects.

Up to eight awards will be made for grants of between £50k and £150k, which will support new or enhanced community facilities that support the health and economic wellbeing of young people, as well as green infrastructure projects that improve urban or rural environments.

Carol Botten, CEO of VONNE, and North East LEP board member, explained: “As well as delivering vital services for communities across the North East, these VCSE organisations are a fundamental part of the North East economy.

“And we know that collaboration across all sectors, including the VCSE sector, will be key as we work together to deliver the region’s phased recovery plan which we hope will lead us towards a long-term recovery for communities and businesses in the North East.

“We hope to attract creative and collaborative applications to this fund, that engage young people, or that deliver opportunities for communities to engage in a green economic recovery.”

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