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The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF)


The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government's Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025.

The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK. 

On 13 April 2022, the Government announced the prospectus and initial funding allocations for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), which will replace the previous European funding arrangements. Under UKSPF the County has a conditional grant allocation of £30,830,613 and an additional £2,803,077 to fund Multiply - a new adult numeracy programme. Funding is available across financial years 2022/23 to 2024/25.

The Government has specified that UKSPF can be used to deliver activities under three investment themes

  • Communities and Place
  • Supporting Local Businesses
  • People and Skills

In order to secure the allocation, we have worked with local public, private and voluntary partners and other interested parties including MPs to produce an Investment Plan. Joint working and collaboration at regional level with other neighbouring councils and Northeast Local Economic Partnership (NELEP) has also taken place. The wider stakeholder engagement has included an open event held in Durham on 4 July. If you would like a copy of the presentation from the event please contact us.

Using a sound policy and evidence base our Investment Plan sets out key challenges and opportunities for UKSPF investment, which will have the highest likely impact, meeting the needs of our residents and supporting local economic growth. The Investment Plans has now been submitted to Government for its consideration. 

Next steps

Government's approval of the Investment Plan is currently anticipated in autumn. Given the need to achieve the annual allocation of funding, in particular for the current year of 2022/23, we want to start to identify activities so we can move projects forward quickly once approval of the Investment Plan is granted.

In order to assist this next step in the programme, a UKSPF Proposal Form is now available for completion. Details provided within the Proposal Form will be used to highlight areas of interest in delivering UKSPF in the county - it does not form part of the open project call process for UKSPF within County Durham.

Throughout the development of the Investment Plan, collaboration has been identified as key in order to maximise the overall impact of UKSPF investments in the County. We would encourage you to utilise the opportunity and explore ways of joint working with other businesses / organisations either within or outside your field.

If you would like a copy of the UKSPF Proposal Form please contact us. You will need to return the completed form to ukspf@durham.gov.uk before Wednesday 31 August.

To find out more, please contact us.

You can also visit Gov.uk: The UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  

 

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