The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is seeking proposals from local areas for projects to drive economic growth.
At its Board meeting in June 2018, SELEP set out its intention to review its investment priorities to ensure they remain up to date and are aligned with its areas of focus.
SELEP is now issuing an open call for projects which support its strategic objectives, and which can form a strong pipeline of priority investments.
There is at least £8.3 million of capital grant funding available to support projects across Kent, Medway, Essex and East Sussex.
SELEP is seeking proposals for capital investment that deliver clear benefits in supporting economic growth, new jobs, homes and skills. This invitation is focussed on short term projects which will see funds spent by March 2021.
SELEP has secured a total of £570m Local Growth Funding (LGF) from Central Government through the three rounds of LGF to date. This funding was allocated to SELEP through a six year Growth Deal (from 1st April 2015 to the 31st March 2021).
To maximise SELEPs investment potential to the end of the Growth Deal period SELEP has agreed to establish and maintain a single pipeline of priority projects.
In the first instance, the development of a new SELEP pipeline is intended to identify short-term priorities for an unallocated LGF or LGF underspends which may become available – by considering SELEPs short term priorities to 31st March 2021.
The longer term aspiration will be to apply the prioritisation approach to develop a medium- long term pipeline of projects which will serve as a basis to inform priorities for future funding sources. The development of this medium to longer term pipeline will follow the development of the SELEP Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) expected to be launched in Autumn 2018.
The total amount of funding provisionally allocated to SELEP by Central Government totals £570m.
Of this amount £561.6m has been allocated to a total of 97 LGF projects, with £8.3m LGF remaining unallocated.
Funding proposals will be evaluated through a three stage process:
The criteria for funding are as follows:
All Expressions of Interest should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and the relevant Federated Area contact by 5.30pm on Friday 31st August 2018.
Those interested in discussing a proposal and seeking advice should contact the local area representative as shown below or email email@example.com and the most suitable contact will respond.
Helen Code – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Nurden - email@example.com
Website - kmep.org.uk
Dave Evans - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Lewis - email@example.com
|Open Call for Projects (Completion of EoI)||31st August 2018|
|Assessment and consideration of EoI by Federated Areas||End of September 2018|
|Submission of Strategic Outline Business Cases to SELEP, for projects which successfully pass the Stage 1 assessment||26th October 2018|
|SELEP Independent TechnicalEvaluator assessment of SOBC complete||16th November 2018|
|SELEP InvestmentPanel considers projects for investment based on the submitted business cases||7th December 2018|
This is an open call for submissions to identify potential projects.
The local area Federal Board for the South East LEP will then review and sift EoIs using the eligibility criteria set out in Table 3 below. Projects which fail to meet the key criteria will be discarded.
Those projects which pass the initial sift against the eligibility criteria will then be considered and assessed based on the criteria set out in Table 4 below.
|Criteria||Evidence Sought||Scoring Guide|
|Align with SELEP’s objectives to support economic growth||Evidence provided that the scheme contributes to SELEP’s economic growth objectives.||Pass/fail|
|Requires capital investment||LGF can only be used for capital investment and cannot be used as revenue||Pass/fail|
|Demonstrate an ability to deliver the project following the legal requirements for investment of public funds||This includes consideration for the requirement to follow public procurement regulations to the extent which is applicable and demonstrate that the investment does not constitute as State Aid||Pass/fail|
|Must be able to spend the LGF by 31st March 2021||The LGF will predominately be available in 2020/21. However, there may be the potential to accelerate the LGF spend in 2018/19 and 2019/20. Evidence is to be provided to demonstrate that LGF will be spent by 31st March 2021||Pass/fail|
|Criteria||Evidence Sought||Scoring Guide|
|Support from relevant Federated Board||The Project must be supported be supported by the relevant Federated Board. This should be evidenced through Federated Board meeting minutes.||Pass/fail|
|Support from the relevant Upper Tier Authority||Each funding bid must secure sign off from the S151 officer of the relevant Upper Tier Authority.||Pass/fail|
|Strategic fit||Evidence of a strategic fit with SELEP objectives to deliver economic growth, and evidence that the benefits will be delivered within the SELEP area.||Red/Amber/Green|
|Option generation and sifting (including evidence of stakeholder support)||Evidence that a broad option generation and sifting has been undertaken with evidence of stakeholder involvement and/or wider public consultation/support||Red/Amber/Green|
|Rationale for funding request||Clear articulation of the rationale for requesting LGF funding including evidence that funding through the LGF is the most suitable available alternative.||Red/Amber/Green|
|Deliverability and benefit realisation||Evidence regarding the projects deliverability and its readiness to move to delivery and benefit realisation stage within the timescales of the funding stream (including consideration of project design stage, planning consents, land acquisitions, relevant powers).||Red/Amber/Green|
|Value for money||Evidence of the value for money potential and project benefits relative to the amount of LGF sought.||Red/Amber/Green|
|Additional funding sources||Clear delivery schedule including evidence there is a comprehensive risk register and risk management plan in place.||Red/Amber/Green|
|Programme and risk management||Clear delivery schedule including evidence there is a comprehensive risk register and risk management plan in place.||Red/Amber/Green|