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Transforming Cities Funding

The Liverpool City Region has secured £134 million in capital grant from the Transforming Cities Fund for local transport investment over a 4-year period. The aim of the fund is to help transform sustainable transport connectivity in key commuter routes in major city regions.  The funding forms part of the wider Strategic Investment Fund.  The Combined Authority has agreed that the commissioning process, via Merseytravel, is commenced, focusing on the first year’s funding allocation only.  This is to seek to commit and wherever possible, spend the £10 million of funding that is available in 2018/19.

The full text of the commission is available by CLICKING HERE and the application forms are available as follows:

CLICK HERE to download the LCRCA SIF Pre-Feasibility Funding Application Form

CLICK HERE to download the LCRCA SIF SOC Application Form

Single Investment Fund

The SIF (Single Investment Fund) is the key funding tool for the Liverpool City Region, and will address the City Region’s strategic priorities.  Just over £458 million is being invested in the City Region through to March 2021 as part of the City Region’s Devolution Agreement with the Government: this is made up from a number of sources including Local Growth Fund and the funding secured through the devolution agreement.


UPDATE OCTOBER 2017: New Commission – Enhancement of the Key Route Network

The LCR Combined Authority agreed on 20 October 2017 to make funding available from its ‘Local Growth Fund 3’ award to enable the City Region to improve the Key Route Network – click HERE to visit the documents section of the site where the "Invitation to apply for Single Investment Funding to support enhancement of Key Route Network" is available for download.


Further background information is available HERE

European Structural and Investment Funds - Intermediate Body Status

As part of our Devolution Deal, the Combined Authority now has further influence over the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme, covering European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Structural Fund (ESF) monies.  Details of the programme as a whole are available on the LEP’s website HERE.

The new powers make the Combined Authority an Intermediate Body.  This allows it to shape “calls” for projects and jointly appraise bids with Government, so that they are closely aligned with the Combined Authority’s policies and strategies. 

The Government remains responsible for grant offer letters to successful applicants, for managing claims and managing overall performance management and compliance.  The Local Enterprise Partnership continues to be responsible for delivering promotion and publicity, including assisting applicants with their applications in conjunction with the relevant Government Department.

To set out how the Combined Authority will carry out its responsibilities in a way that does not conflict with its other functions, the Authority has agreed a short assurance framework – this is available HERE.

Rural Leader Programme

LEADER is an EU programme that aims to provide funding for businesses and organisations looking to begin or expand their operations in rural areas.  The Combined Authority is responsible for managing the programme locally.

Decisions on how and where the grant money is spent being made by an appointed Local Action Group (LAG) of key representatives from various organisations in the local area.  Further information is available HERE.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the Mersey LEADER programme, please do not hesitate to call:

Jonathan Jackson (Mersey LEADER Project Manager) on 0151 330 1395 or at jonathan.jackson@liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk