Open Call for Projects to help transform the Leeds City Region Economy

Open call

We are currently delivering over �1 billion worth of projects and programmes to support inclusive economic growth and improve transport links in Leeds City Region.

Although the vast majority of this funding is fully committed, we are inviting bids on behalf of projects that could contribute to our aims in case future funding becomes available.

We are inviting bids for three key funding programmes. Summary information about these programmes is available below, or you can read the detailed guidance note including assessment criteria available here (opens in new tab).

The deadline for bids for all three of these funding programmes is 5pm on 25 September 2017.

Please submit a completed expression of interest to our Portfolio Management Office at

Download the form here

Funding Programmes

  • Leeds City Region Growth Deal
    Our �1bn-plus Growth Deal with Government has targets of creating 10,000 new jobs, 2,000 new homes and generating wider economic growth or productivity benefits. We are interested in capital schemes that would directly contribute to these targets to form a reserve list of Growth Deal projects. Eligible projects must make a clear contribution to the priorities set out in our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) have regional significance and support our overall aim of inclusive growth. This could apply across a range of sectors including growing businesses, housing, regeneration, transport, skills and innovation, sport and culture. Projects would need to be completed by March 2021. �
  • Leeds City Region Business Rates Pool
    Business Rate Pool funding (historically around �3m-4m per year, but dependent on the level of business rates collected by local authorities) is used alongside other City Region funding streams to maximise overall investment in our economic and transport priorities where impacts are felt across a number of local council areas. It does not finance long-term capital projects because of the changing nature of the funding.
    Other sources of funding that may become available in the future include revenue streams potentially linked to devolution, the Government�s Industrial Strategy or the Shared Prosperity Fund that will take on the role currently played by European investment. We are looking to hear from projects that could potentially be eligible for this kind of funding so that we can add them to a pipeline of schemes ready to put forward for investment as soon as it becomes available.�
  • Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund
    A �15m competitive pot among the 11 Northern local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) for capital cultural regeneration projects that will be delivered by March 2021.�Each LEP can put forward only one scheme that encourages sustainable cultural and creative regeneration in areas in the North of England that have historically had low levels of cultural and creative investment. Projects can bid for a maximum of �4m, and the funding sought must not exceed 70% of total capital costs.

    Find out more about Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund and how to apply (opens in new tab)

The submission date for bids is 5pm on 25 September 2017.�

Proposals should be sent to the Portfolio Management Office at WYCA ( by 5pm on 25 September 2017. Should you require any assistance in completing the form, you can contact us by email at the above address.�

How do I put forward an expression of interest?

  1. Please complete the relevant expression of interest form for the funding programme that best fits your project proposal and submit your completed form to by 5pm on 25 September 2017. If you need any help in completing the form, please contact by email at this address.
  2. Once you have submitted your form you will receive confirmation by email that your expression of interest has been received.�
  3. We will check that all the necessary information has been provided and will contact you if we have any queries.
  4. A�partnership group will determine which proposals are applicable for relevant funding streams. We will prioritise schemes in line with the eligibility criteria set out in the call for projects guidance note and our Assurance Framework (opens in new tab)
  5. If your proposal is eligible it will then be considered for relevant funding stream(s). This may include being invited to provide further information � such as a more detailed business case for appraisal. You will be told of the outcome of relevant processes by email. �

Any questions? Please contact our team at�