18/01/2023 - Permalink

Applications now open for Shropshire Council’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund pot

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Following the recent announcement of £12.4 million of UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) money, we are pleased to announce that the first window for applications is now open for feasibility and research work. Applications close on Saturday 28 January 2023.

The funding, from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, is available to registered legal entities who are looking to undertake feasibility and research work that will support the delivery of UKSPF in Shropshire. Organisations can apply for single projects up to a maximum value of £30,000.

This call is for feasibility and research work only and eligible activities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Externally commissioned work
  • Primary and desktop research and options analysis
  • Surveys, ballots, and other public consultations
  • Proof of concept development
  • Evaluation exercises.

Expenditure not suitable for the funding include:-

  • Planning or other statutory fees
  • Running costs or salaries
  • Post-RIBA stage 2 (in relation to construction projects).

The fund will not support activity that is commercial in nature or is solely for the benefit of the application organisations. Therefore, it is anticipated that the fund will be mainly of interest to organisations that provide services and support communities. The first application window closes on 28 January. It is desired that applications that progress can spend 50% of their grant monies and submit expenses by Friday 24 March 2023.

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for growth, regeneration and housing, said:-

“This is a great opportunity for Shropshire organisations who are looking to advance their development work on projects that can help local people and communities.

“We hope that some of the feasibility work that this fund supports will help to bring forward projects that will be delivered through the main UKSPF programme of investment in the future.”

Organisations have until Saturday 28 January 2023 to apply, and further details on how to do so are available here: https://www.investinshropshire.co.uk/applications-now-open-ukspf-feasibility-fund/.  Further opportunities for applying for UKSPF funds will be announced in due course.

If you have any queries or wish to speak with a member of the team in more detail, please email ukspf@shropshire.gov.uk.