The UK Shared Prosperity Fund: call for bids

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is the replacement for European Structural Funds and supports UK government's wider commitment to level up all parts of the UK.

Uttlesford District Council (UDC) has been allocated £1,000,000 core UKSPF to be spent over 3 years. Government guidance places the responsibility for the fund on Local Authorities and asks that they work with local partners and stakeholders on programme delivery.

To access this funding the development of an investment plan was required. Meetings with local stakeholders were held to identify local challenges and priority interventions were selected that would meet these needs.

The finalised investment plan was submitted to UK Government in August 2022.

The investment plan has now been approved by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and payments re being made to local authorities from January 2023 onwards.


Interventions included in the UDC Investment Plan are:

Communities and Place

E6: Support for local arts, cultural, heritage and creative activities.

E11: Investment in capacity building and infrastructure support for local civil society and community groups

Supporting Local Business

E16: Investment in open markets and improvements to town centre retail and service sector infrastructure, with wraparound support for small businesses

People and Skills

E33: Employment support for economically inactive people

E37: Tailored support to help people in employment, who are not supported by mainstream provision to address barriers to accessing education and training courses.

You can find more information about the interventions on GOV.UK.


UDC has been allocated £1,000,000 core UKSPF to be spent between January 2023 and March 2025.

Funding for the first 2 priorities will commence in 2022-23, while the 'People and Skills' priority will commence in 2024-25 (unless existing provision is at significant risk of ending due to the tail-off of EU funds).

This flexibility may only be used where provision is currently delivered by voluntary and community organisations.

We are now seeking applications for projects that will deliver during year one of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund which runs up to 31 March 2023.

UDC has been allocated £109,808 for delivery of projects up to 31 March 2023.


Apply to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Who can apply

During year 1 applications are only invited under the Communities and Place intervention E11: Investment in capacity building and infrastructure support for local civil society and community groups.

Applications for funding in years 2023/24 and 2024/25 will be invited in due course.