Project Pipeline Ideas and Strategic Infrastructure Investment Plan (SIDP) Proposals

Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership has been successful in securing a total of £123.7m Local Growth Funding (LGF) and a further £25.8m Getting Building Funding (GBF) from Central Government to date.  The LGF was allocated through a six year Growth Deal (from 1st April 2015 to the 31st March 2021) and the GBF will be delivered over a two year period ending on the 31 March 2022.

To maximise our investment potential we have established a single pipeline of priority projects which is expanded and updated each year. The development of the pipeline is intended to identify short-medium term priorities which will serve as a basis to inform bid submissions for future funding opportunities.

This call asks for projects ideas that align to our emerging Local Industry Strategy (LIS) and Covid Recovery Plan (CRP) that will contribute to economic resilience, growth and productivity.

There is currently a good geographical spread of growth deal projects across the Greater Lincolnshire area, and across the priority sectors identified in the Local Industrial Strategy. The GL LEP Capital Growth Deal (SLGF) Programme is fully allocated as is the recently announced Getting Building Fund, however having an up to date pipeline of projects to consider at all times is extremely important.

When a new budget is announced by government, Greater Lincolnshire will want to have a clear position on the business cases and prioritisation of schemes that will contribute to the delivery of the LIS and CRP. 

A call for projects was successfully launched by GLLEP in July 2019 and this resulted in a revised pipeline of schemes being identified in varying stages of development, but we recognise that new project ideas are evolving all the time.

A call for SIDP proposals was also launched in Greater Lincolnshire July 2018 and priorities identified as part of this process were added to the GLLEP Pipeline, albeit having gone through a separate assessment and prioritisation process.

About the project pipeline

The pipeline provides the LEP with an understanding of schemes being developed that support our objectives.   The Board and associated sector sub-boards strive to respond to the best opportunities by considering partners future aspirations and it helps us build on and develop future strategies to ensure we achieve the best outcome for our area.

Although the LEP has no funding currently available it is imperative that we can respond quickly as funding opportunities arise. We appreciate the amount of work that goes into project development and we want to work with you in ensuring that our most strategic projects can be successful in a competitive environment.

It is with this in mind we propose to integrate the GLLEP and SIDP assessments of all infrastructure related projects as much as feasible going forward. This is to avoid confusion, reduce duplication and enable cohesive prioritisation for Greater Lincolnshire.

Call for project ideas

Having undertaken a review of our previous investments this call focuses on invitations for strategic projects, enabling future grant investment to be centred on under-invested areas that help to deliver the LIS and CRP, whilst still ensuring that a broad range of ideas across all key sectors and themes are identified and considered.

Our LIS has been developed in partnership with Government to identify the areas in which the UK has a strong competitive advantage and in which Lincolnshire has a pivotal part to play in the future, and can be viewed on the GLLEP website. It responds directly to the UK Industrial Strategy launched by Government in November 2017. The aim is to increase productivity, growth and resilience and as a result create more prosperous communities. Our LIS is locally distinctive, with proposals which are strongly linked to sound evidence; identifying the particular opportunities within our economy.

The strategy focusses on the Government's five foundations of productivity:

  • Ideas
  • People
  • Infrastructure
  • Business Environment
  • Place

It also has an emphasis on four Grand Challenges which are future challenges the UK will be facing:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Data
  • Ageing Society
  • Clean Growth
  • Future of Mobility

For Greater Lincolnshire, this means focusing on our distinctive specialisms and opportunities and how we can capitalise on these. Industrial Strategy (LIS) priorities identified include:

  • A rural innovation test-bed for energy & water
  • An adaptive ports & logistics industry driving greater connectivity
  • Future proofing the agri-food industry
  • Supporting people to live well for longer in rural areas
  • A high-quality inclusive visitor economy

Cross cutting themes are:

  • Skills transition into a changing work environment
  • Maximising the housing contribution to the economy

Projects responding to and helping deliver against our priority themes in the context of our key sectors are also of interest to us. The themes include:

  • Infrastructure (road and rail)
  • Infrastructure (digital and utility)
  • Infrastructure (Water management)
  • Infrastructure (Environmental)
  • Energy and Clean Growth
  • Housing
  • Visitor Economy
  • Health and Care
  • Business Growth and Innovation
  • Place Marketing
  • Skills
  • Creative Industries
  • Town Centre Regeneration

On the 18 November the Prime Minister unveiled his Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. The Government state it will create and support up to 250,000 British jobs, covering clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies.

Please consider and explain how your project might contribute to the Ten Point Plan which can be summarised as follows: 

  1. Offshore wind: Producing enough offshore wind to power every home, quadrupling how much we produce to 40GW by 2030, supporting up to 60,000 jobs
  2. Hydrogen: Working with industry aiming to generate 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for industry, transport, power and homes, and aiming to develop the first town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade
  3. Nuclear: Advancing nuclear as a clean energy source, across large scale nuclear and developing the next generation of small and advanced reactors, which could support 10,000 jobs
  4. Electric vehicles: Backing our world-leading car manufacturing bases including in the West Midlands, North East and North Wales to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, and transforming our national infrastructure to better support electric vehicles
  5. Public transport, cycling and walking: Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel and investing in zero-emission public transport of the future
  6. Jet Zero and greener maritime: Supporting difficult-to-decarbonise industries to become greener through research projects for zero-emission planes and ships
  7. Homes and public buildings: Making our homes, schools and hospitals greener, warmer and more energy efficient, whilst creating 50,000 jobs by 2030, and a target to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028
  8. Carbon capture: Becoming a world-leader in technology to capture and store harmful emissions away from the atmosphere, with a target to remove 10MT of carbon dioxide by 2030, equivalent to all emissions of the industrial Humber today
  9. Nature: Protecting and restoring our natural environment, planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year, whilst creating and retaining thousands of jobs
  10. Innovation and finance: Developing the cutting-edge technologies needed to reach these new energy ambitions and make the City of London the global centre of green finance

Projects which are infrastructure focused will also need to take account of the government's National Infrastructure Strategy 'Fairer, Faster, Greener' released on 25th November 2020 which has the following areas of emphasis:

  1. Boost growth and productivity across the whole of the UK, levelling up and strengthening the Union: the government wants to level up communities and nations across the UK through investment in rural areas, towns and cities, from major national projects to local priorities
  2. Put the UK on the path to meeting its net zero emissions target by 2050
  3. Support private investment
  4. Accelerate and improve delivery: the government wants to transform the way infrastructure projects are delivered in the UK. This will be achieved through wide-ranging reforms from speeding up the planning system, to improving the way projects are chosen, procured and delivered, and greater use of cutting-edge construction technology

The Strategy also puts innovation and new technology at the heart of the government’s approach. From electric vehicles, to hydrogen heating systems, to 5G and its successors, new technologies have enormous potential to improve the environment and the daily lives of people across the UK.

Process for Submission

Organisations including private sector businesses, public and third sector organisations operating in the Greater Lincolnshire area are invited to put forward an Outline Business Case for any project they wish to be considered in response to the call criteria.  The Outline Business Case Templates and Guidance Notes are available at the bottom of this page.

You are asked to complete the Outline Business Case for schemes with the potential to deliver growth and productivity in the Greater Lincolnshire area, taking into account the priorities identified above. In particular, a clear correlation with LIS and CRP priorities will need to be demonstrated.

If your scheme proposal is infrastructure led please use the Outline Business Case specifically labelled 'Application for Infrastructure Related Grant Funding'. Please be clear on the infrastructure theme your project mostly sits within (see above). Your project will then be jointly prioritised for both GLLEP Pipeline and the SIDP.

All other types of projects should complete the Outline Business Case labelled 'Application for Greater Lincolnshire LEP funding'.

Capital only projects can be submitted but with a minimum grant funding request of £500,000. If your project falls below this threshold but you feel it is strategically important then please contact a member of the team. 

We are looking for schemes that fall in to one of two categories:

Category A – Capital projects that can financially complete before March 2025 (short or medium term)

Category B – Capital projects that are still in development (long term) or concept stage

Both categories must demonstrate value for money and good deliverability.

Applicants are asked to consider the following points when submitting an outline business case:

  • Is the proposed scheme ready for delivery (category A) or will it require further development (Category B)?
  • Are you in a position to develop a Full Business Case if invited to do so following initial assessment and scoring
  • Will business case requirements set out in our Local Assurance Framework be satisfied i.e. leverage and outcomes that demonstrate good value for money
  • Where a project relates to business support. How is it complementarity with the Greater Lincolnshire Growth Hub?

When completing the Outline Business Case a clear description and a rationale for the proposed project is expected, particularly regarding:

  • What the need for grant funding is and how investment will address issues identified in the LIS and CRP and contribute to the growth of the Greater Lincolnshire economy
  • Evidence to show why the market/private developers/operators cannot progress the scheme without the grant support
  • Available data to demonstrate there is demand/need for the project
  • What the need for grant funding is and how investment will address issues identified in the LIS and CRP and contribute to the growth of the Greater Lincolnshire economy
  • Evidence to show why the market/private developers/operators cannot progress the scheme without the grant support
  • Available data to demonstrate there is demand/need for the project
  • The expected and realistic milestones for planning, clearance, construction and operation of the scheme
  • Does your project deliver jobs, new homes, key infrastructure, or improve skills provision related to our priority sectors
  • The LEP will not support any projects that are looking for 100% funding therefore broad costings, funding mix and project cash flow must be provided

Please submit your Outline Business Case by email in Microsoft Word format by the deadline specified.  It is important that you explain your project in a clear and concise way, highlighting challenges and risks as well as direct outputs and overall impacts.

Appendices can be provided where they add value to the Outline Business Case and help broaden understanding of your proposal.  

Assessment

All projects submitted will be assessed with regard to strategic fit, economic case, deliverability and risk and impact on productivity. 

Assessment is a combination of both qualitative and quantitative evidence and is scored against the GLLEP Scoring Matrix by the GLLEP Officers Operational Group and external independent advisors, with advice being sought on occasion from our sector led strategic Advisory Boards.

For the Infrastructure related projects the strategic assessment stage will be scored by the SIDP Working Group, with oversight from its Steering Group, and subsequently moderated. The economic case, deliverability and impact will then be assessed by GLLEP Officers Operational Group and external independent advisors, the final outcome will then be moderated and combined with the scores from the strategic stage.

A range of Business Case Criteria Descriptions are used and scored against including:

Strategic Case - The proposed operation contributes to the needs/opportunities identified by the GLLEP, demonstrates delivering against relevant specific objectives, outputs and results of the relevant priority as identified within the Strategic Economic Plan and emerging Local Industrial Strategy and adds value to and not duplicate existing provision.

Economic Case - An assessment of the economic costs and benefits of a proposal to the Greater Lincolnshire area. This will include review of options appraisals, wider impacts and rationale for option choice.

Financial Assessment - reviewing cost assumptions and rationales and sources of match funding. The operation must represent value for money. In assessing value for money we will take account of:-

  • Efficiency: the rate/unit costs at which the operation converts inputs to the Fund outputs,
  • Economy: the extent to which the operation will ensure that inputs to the operation are at the minimum costs commensurate with the required quality and
  • Effectiveness: the extent to which the operation contributes to programme output targets, results and/or significant strategic impact at the local level

Deliverability – This will scrutinise that the proposal is deliverable and has clear project management setting out responsibility, governance and reporting arrangements. A robust delivery plan with targeted milestones.  Capability to meet the financial requirements and liabilities of a programme

Risk – This looks at delivery of the service and the risks posed by the option. It looks at risk in its widest sense and covers for example, reputational risk, stakeholder engagement risk, management capability, potential conflict of interests, procurement, state aid etc.

We will review all Outline Business Cases submitted fairly and utilise the experience of a variety of groups including our Strategic Advisory Groups, Growth Hub, and Strategic Infrastructure Development Programme Steering Group with a final decision made by the GL LEP Board as to whether or not a project will be included in the GL LEP pipeline, and endorsement from the Greater Lincolnshire Infrastructure Group will be sought for Infrastructure related schemes, ultimately informing the updating of the SIDP.

Full details about how the LEP makes decisions are contained within our Local Assurance Framework.

If you are unsure whether your proposal would be suitable, please contact us for an informal discussion first on GreaterLincsLep@lincolnshire.gov.uk.

Projects that are prioritised through this process will be added to the GL LEP project pipeline and SIDP (where relevant).  

Timetable

Open Call invitation launched

Monday 30th November 2020

Deadline for Outline Business Case submissions

Monday 15th February 2021

Assessments and scoring

Category A 16th February – 15 March 2021

Category B 16th March – 31st March 2021

Pipeline schemes reviewed and agreed by GL LEP Investment Board and endorsed  by GL Infrastructure Group

Category A and Category B April 2021

Project applicants notified of outcomes

April/May 2021

Please return your completed Outline Business Case no later than midnight Monday 15th February 2021 to: GreaterLincsLep@lincolnshire.gov.uk.