Since it was established in 2011, the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) has managed more than £360 million of funds which have contributed to projects to enable the area’s growth and create jobs.

The call below is now closed

Applications are now being invited from businesses and organisations to establish a further pipeline of projects or programmes which the CWLEP could invest in.

Applications will open on Tuesday, May 1st and close on Friday, August 31st 2018.

All applicants are required to complete a full business case application and return to 2018opencall@cwlep.com by 5pm on the 31st August 2018.

 

Project eligibility criteria for the call:

  1. Align to the aspirations of the CWLEP Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), and emerging CWLEP Local Industrial Strategy (CWLEP LIS)
  2. Demonstrate their ability to deliver against the Culture & Tourism Strategic Pillar of the SEP
  3. Demonstrate significant impact for the Coventry & Warwickshire local economy in supporting Coventry City of Culture 2021 and/or Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
  4. Be able to start by 1st April 2019 and complete all required outputs by 31st March 2021.

Please note this call is only applicable to capital projects.

 

Assessment Stages

The 2018 Call has been broken down into 6 key stages, which are as follows:

  • Stage 1. Application Received
  • Stage 2. Gateway Assessment of Application * see below
  • Stage 3. Application Assessed
  • Stage 4. Application Moderated
  • Stage 5. Technical Assessment Verification
  • Stage 6. Final Scores and Decisions

 

Stage 2. Gateway Assessment

Under the Gateway Assessment projects will need to meet the following and no projects will progress to scoring unless the below criteria are fully met:

  1. Projects must be submitted by 5pm on the 31st August 2018
  2. The project must be able to start on 1st April 2019 and complete by 31st March 2021
  3. The project must be able to demonstrate full approval from the applicant organisation
  4. The project must be able to demonstrate the buy-in of any partners or stakeholders referenced within the bid
  5. Match funding must be available and confirmed when submitting the FBC or confirmed within 6-months of the application
  6. Any planning applications must have been submitted and approval given within 6 months of the submission of the FBC
  7. The project must produce tangible benefits in line with the BEIS outputs
  8. The project must be compliant with State Aid regulations

Note: Any projects which fall outside of this Gateway will be kept on the CWLEP pipeline contact details, and progressed as and when funds become available to the CWLEP.

 

Weighting of the Business Case

The following weighting has been agreed, which takes into account the priorities of the 2018 Call and to support the submission of bids that align to the SEP, with particular focus on the Culture and Tourism Pillar.

The weighting against the 5 Cases is as follows:

Scoring Category Weighting %
Strategic Case 35%
Economic Case 25%
Commercial Case 10%
Financial Case 10%
Management Case 20%

 

Timeline

1st May 2018 - Call open and call documentation available on the website

1st May 2018 - 31st Aug 2018 - Stakeholder Engagement 

11th July - Draft Call Proposals Presented to July Programme Delivery Board

23rd July 2018 - 2018 Call Progress and Scoring Proposals presented to the CWLEP Board

31st August 2018 - Call Closes

15th October 2018 - Initial Recommendations presented to CWLEP Board

November 2018 - Projects contacted with decisions

November 2018 - Notice of decisions published on CWLEP Website

Dec 2018 onwards - Programme Team begin due diligence and contracting process

1st April 2019 - Projects Contracted and in Delivery

 

In support of their applications, projects applicants are asked to submit the following additional documentation:

Question (see business case application) Supplementary Information requested
B10 Appendix A output spreadsheet
C10 GVA & BCR Calculations
D8 Evidence of planning permission / other statutory consents
D9 Methodology for overhead calculations
E1 Appendix B project and match finances
E4 Direct project cost breakdown
F1 Project Gantt chart
G2 State Aid Form
G3 Equality Impact Assessment

 

Transport Projects:

All transport projects are required to complete this business case form. However, they must also demonstrate that a proportionate assessment in accordance with the Department for Transport Appraisal Guidance (WebTAG) has been undertaken, and that the relevant supporting evidence from that assessment is appended to the submission. Transport project sponsors who require any guidance and support in relation to the Transport Guidance Appraisal process can contact the lead LEP officers for transport:

  • Adrian Hart, Team Leader, Strategic Transport Policy and Projects, Warwickshire County Council (e-mail: adrianhart@warwickshire.gov.uk , Tel. 01926 412111)
  • John Seddon, Head of Transport & Innovation, Coventry City Council (email: john.seddon@coventry.gov.uk, Tel: 024 76834028)