UK Shared Prosperity Fund & Rural England Prosperity Fund


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.

Cumberland Council

Grants are available for 2024/25 against the UKSPF and REPF as indicated below:

•  UKSPF E30 – Revenue funding for business support
To drive employment growth, particularly in areas of higher unemployment.
•  UKSPF E35 – Revenue support for volunteer and wellbeing activities
Supporting people furthest from the labour market to overcome barriers to work by providing volunteering and enrichment activities to improve opportunities and promote wellbeing.
•  UKSPF E36 – Revenue funding to support digital inclusion
To improve the digital skills of people furthest from the labour market.
•  REPF 2.8 – Capital funding to support rural volunteering facilities
To enable the development of volunteering and social action projects. REPF is focussed on rural areas and therefore excludes the Carlisle City area – see map.

Who can apply?
•  charitable and not-for-profit community organisations and social enterprises.
•  Partnerships bids are encouraged.

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:
•  individuals
•  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 30 – up to £15,000
•  UKSPF 35 – up to £20,000
•  UKSPF 36 – up to £25,000
•  REPF 2.8 – up to £13,500

Proposed projects must be delivered within the Cumberland district. We are looking to support projects that work across a wide geographic area, rather than focussed on a town, for example.

All grants must be spent by 31st January 2024.

Applicants must be able to evidence outputs achieved. These include (but not limited to):
•  number of people receiving support to become business ready
•  number of people who became self-employed
•  number of volunteering opportunities supported
•  number of people supported to access basic skills
•  number of people gaining a qualification or completing a course following support
•  number of people taking up a volunteer placement

Please click here to view the full list of outputs.

Closing date is Monday 24th June 2024 at 10am.

You can access the application form here.

If you would like to know more about this fund, please contact:
Annalee Holliday, Head of Grants Practice & Programmes, or 01900 825760