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UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Community organisations invited to bid in latest round of funding

Uttlesford District Council is inviting bids from organisations that are looking to support projects that create opportunities, reduce inequality and enhance the quality of life for residents in the district.

The council was allocated £1m by central government under the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, to be spent over three years. The aim is to boost productivity, pay and employment chances, support high quality skills and training, restore a sense of community and town centre regeneration.

So far, the council has approved 18 projects that are making a real difference to local communities.

In Year 3 of the funding, £450,000 is available to support more projects within the following priorities:

·       Support for local arts, cultural, heritage and creative activities

·       Volunteering and/or social action projects that aim to boost the employability of young people and those looking to get back into work

·       Investment in capacity building and infrastructure support for local civil society and community groups

Cllr Petrina Lees, Leader of the council, said: "The UK Share Prosperity Fund is a great opportunity to really get to the heart of our communities and to direct funding to where it can have the biggest impact. Through the fund, we have managed to support some wonderful projects that are making a real difference.

"We now look forward to receiving new project applications that can achieve more positive outcomes and benefits for residents, particularly in rural areas of the district."

All applications must provide a clear link to the priorities and overarching principles and interventions within the council's UKSPF Investment Plan, which was agreed with local stakeholders. The fund is overseen by a local partnership group.

Applications should be for projects that can be delivered from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025. Organisations wishing to apply should email business@uttlesford.gov.uk for an application form.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Thursday 15 February.

Further information including full criteria is available at: www.uttlesford.gov.uk/ukspf-call-for-bids.

16 January 2024