News - 18 May 2023

Launch of D2N2 Economic Growth Fund – Capital Call

D2N2 Economic Growth Fund open for applications

D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Our role as a LEP is to work with our partners to drive a strong vision for economic growth and prosperity for our region. We do this through our convening role in bringing together evidence-led strategies, which we seek to deliver in part through attracting investment from national funds.  

We are a significant economy in the heart of the UK with a population of over 2 million people and an economy with a value of £50.5 billion. Given our centrality, we have good national and regional infrastructure supporting our economy to grow.  Whilst our economy has grown, we still have below UK average levels of productivity and challenges in terms of low skills and social mobility in parts of our economy.   

To help address these challenges, D2N2 LEP is today launching a call for new capital projects to help deliver on economic growth – our Economic Growth Fund. The LEP has available a £2.6m grant fund to support key strategic capital investments across the region. All projects must involve capital expenditure which delivers an end asset related to the generation of jobs, homes and/or learners; no revenue submissions will be accepted to this funding round. All funding applications should be capped at a minimum investment value of £500k from D2N2 funding and a maximum value of £2.6m. All applications must demonstrate value for money from the project and align to the principles of the HM Treasury Green Book.

D2N2 Chair Elizabeth Fagan said ” Our vision for the region is to continue to grow the economy and, in particular, address our productivity and inclusion challenges. Therefore, through this call for proposals, we are seeking to tackle these issues head-on through co-funded partnership projects. All projects must deliver at least one of our key output metrics of jobs, homes and learners, and it is preferable that the projects will also support low carbon outputs and support inclusive growth.”  

All submissions will be required to deliver on the following principles to merit consideration for funding: 

 Strategic alignment: 

  • Align with the core principles of D2N2 Recovery and Growth Strategy  
  • Show a need for external intervention for funding 
  • Project requires capital and not revenue funding 
  • Comply with Subsidy Control measures 


  • Demonstrate supporting economic growth to the D2N2 economy through the delivery of jobs, homes and learners 
  • Deliver Value for Money from the D2N2 investment 

 Conditions of the Economic Growth Fund: 

  • A demonstration of match funding towards any project of up to 50% 
  • Projects must be able to start delivery in the 2023/24 Financial Year  
  • Only one project to be submitted by each organisation. Further projects will not be scored and the organisation is required to indicate that they have agreed to prioritise the submitted project.  


  • Expression of interest documentation publicised, and consultation process opened – 18th May 2023 
  • Consultation for project sponsors to be closed – 9th June 2023 
  • Submission deadline for all bids – extended to 30th June 2023 (5pm) 
  • Scoring process finalised – extended to 21st July 2023 
  • Projects informed of outcomes – extended to 28th July 2023

Further information


Should any potential project sponsor have a query about the capital call or any details relevant to the Economic Growth Fund please contact the D2N2 LEP on 

All questions and enquiries should be directed to before 9th June 2023 

Please ensure that all applications are sent to by 5pm on Friday 30th June 



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