The UK Shared Prosperity Fund: call for projects
We are asking for partners to submit projects or activities that will deliver the priorities identified in the government's UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF or the Fund) is a central pillar of the UK government's Levelling Up agenda and a significant component of its support for places across the UK.
The UKSPF will support the UK government's wider commitment to level up all parts of the UK by delivering on each of the levelling up objectives:
- Boost productivity, pay, jobs and living standards by growing the private sector, especially in those places where they are lagging
- Spread opportunities and improve public services, especially in those places where they are weakest
- Restore a sense of community, local pride and belonging, especially in those places where they have been lost
- Empower local leaders and communities, especially in those places lacking local agency
The Uttlesford district been allocated £1 million from the UKSPF for the three years up to March 2025.
There are three investment priorities which are:
- community and place
- supporting local business
- people and skills (only in year 2024/25)
Local needs and opportunities
A stakeholder forum has identified key priorities for the Uttlesford district which reflect local needs and opportunities.
The priorities are:
- E6: Support for local arts, cultural, heritage and creative activities
- E7: Support for active travel enhancements in the local area
- E13: Community measures to reduce the cost of living, including through measures to improve energy efficiency, and combat fuel poverty and climate change
- E15: Investment and support for digital infrastructure for local community facilities
- E16: Investment in open markets and improvements to town centre retail and service sector infrastructure, with wrap around support for small businesses
- E20: Research and development grants supporting the development of innovative products and services
- E23: Strengthening local entrepreneurial ecosystems, and supporting businesses at all stages of their development to start, sustain, grow and innovate, including through local networks
- E24: Funding for new and improvements to existing training hubs, business support offers, 'incubators' and 'accelerators' for local enterprise (including social enterprise) which can support entrepreneurs and start-ups through the early stages of development and growth by offering a combination of services including account management, advice, resources, training, coaching, mentorship and access to workspace
- E26: Support for growing the local social economy, including community businesses, cooperatives and social enterprises
- E36: Intervention to increase levels of digital inclusion, with a focus on essential digital skills, communicating the benefits of getting (safely) online, and in-community support to provide users with the confidence and trust to stay online
- E37: Tailored support to help people in employment, who are not supported by mainstream provision to address barriers to accessing education and training courses. This includes supporting the retention of groups who are likely to leave the labour market early
We are now asking for partners to submit projects/activities that will deliver these priorities.
A template has been created for partners to submit potential projects/activities.
If you wish to propose a project/activity which does not fit within one of the priority interventions but does fit an intervention from the government's full list you'll have to provide details including why this project/activity is needed within the district.
Please bear in mind that the purpose of this funding is levelling up and all projects/activities should be aimed at reducing inequalities between our communities.
You can find further details of the criteria in the UKSPF prospectus on GOV.UK.
Separate project templates are available for each of the priorities as they have different interventions and outcomes.
You will need to complete a separate template for each project/activity you want to submit.
The appropriate template should be completed with the details of potential projects/activities that you feel that the UKSPF funding could be used for.
Please provide as much detail as possible including evidence of local need.
We understand that you are unlikely to have much detail on potential costs. However you will need to give "best-guesstimates" of potential figures are essentials that we can understand of the level of funding the project would require.
We will be unable to consider a project/activity without this information.
All submitted project proposals will then be reviewed as part of the development of the investment plan and agreed by stakeholders.
Please note that it is expected that the proposed projects will amount to a far greater amount of funding than that is available and only a few will be included within the Investment Plan. However, this exercise will try to ensure that all potential projects are considered in the development of the Investment Plan and will also help produce a library of potential projects and activity that can be reviewed if alternative funding is made available.
If you want to submit a project for consideration please email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for a project template.
All project templates must be submitted by 2pm on 1 July 2022 at the latest.