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 investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, click here.
Grants are available for 2023/24 against the UKSPF and REPF as indicated below:
• UKSPF 26 – Revenue funding to grow the local social economy
To create and support businesses with a social purpose
• REPF 2.7 – Capital funding for rural circular economy projects
To boost the rural circular economy by reducing waste, promoting reuse and recycling, and fostering innovation and creativity. REPF is focussed on rural areas and therefore excludes the Carlisle City area – see map.
Who can apply?
• community based organisations and social enterprises that are working with Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership, who will help develop the investment case and funding application.
What will the Fund support?
• project running costs
• staff salaries
• running/overhead costs
• equipment costs
• capital costs (REPF only)
What the Fund will not support in addition to our normal exclusions:
• if you have received previous funding from DEFRA for this project, you may not be eligible to apply for Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) grant money. This includes Farming & Protected Landscapes Fund, Farming Investment Fund and Platinum Jubilee Village Hall improvement Grant Fund.
How much can you apply for?
• UKSPF 26 – up to £25,000
• REPF 2.7 – up to £45,000
Applicants can apply for one or both funds on the same application form.
Proposed projects must be delivered within the Cumberland district. We are looking to support projects from across a wide geographic area.
Applicants are encouraged consider applying for funding to learn from existing initiatives, trial a short-term intervention and/or develop an evidence base that will help position them for a further application in 2024/25.
All grants must be spent by 30th June 2024.
Applicants must be able to evidence outputs achieved. These include (but not limited to):
• number of new businesses created
• number of jobs created
• number of jobs safeguarded
• number of community-led services provided
• number of facilities supported/created
Closing date is Monday 12th February 2024 at 10am.
For more information and to access the application form, please contact Martin Allman Martin.Allman@Cumberland.gov.uk or Becx Carter email@example.com at Cumbria Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership or call 07973 811179.