Get the ball rolling on your key project with £5k-£40k from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), part of the Government’s Levelling Up agenda to provide funding for local investment.
The funding aims to improve local pride in place, increase life chances, help spread and create opportunities, and foster a sense of community and belonging.
Rushcliffe Borough Council has been allocated some UKSPF from the Government and are making this available to community groups, businesses, voluntary or public sector organisations.
A portion of this funding, the Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF), is ringfenced capital funding to facilitate the delivery of projects tackling specific rural challenges, such as lower productivity, poorer connectivity and poorer access to services.
UKSPF-funded projects can cover a broad range of initiatives, such as:
- Creating and improving local green spaces
- Supporting local arts, cultural, heritage and creative activities
- Boosting local sports facilities, tournaments, teams and leagues
- Investing in research and development
- Supporting businesses at all stages of their development to match fund their aspirations
- Strengthening Rushcliffe’s entrepreneurial ecosystems
- Investing in micro and small enterprises in rural areas, for net zero infrastructure and diversification of farm businesses.
All projects must be delivered in Rushcliffe and be timed to spend their funding allocation by 31st March 2024.
Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Cllr Simon Robinson, said: “We’re delighted to see the launch of this UKSPF funding, which will make a wonderful difference in the Borough.
“The funding is a great investment in Rushcliffe and is open to projects that cover lots of different things. It’s widespread and all about taking local pride in where we live and creating life chances, opportunities and a sense of belonging.
“I encourage anyone in the borough with a suitable project to take advantage of this vital funding opportunity.
“If you’d like to apply, please talk to our economic growth team, who can talk you through the funding criteria and make sure your project is eligible.”
To find out more about UKSPF funding in Rushcliffe and the application process, please visit www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/business/supportingbusiness/uksharedprosperityfund/.