UK Shared Prosperity Fund
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is part of the Government’s Levelling Up agenda. It provides £2.6 billion of new funding for local investment by March 2025. All areas of the UK will receive an allocation from the Fund. The fund replaces the current EU structural funds, which will have finished by the end of 2023.
The primary goal of the UKSPF is to help build pride in place and to help to increase life chances across the UK.
Carlisle has been allocated a funding allocation of £4,104,659.
An application process for some of the funds was held in late 2022.
As expected, the applications we received exceeded the limited funds available and the total ask was more than double the budgeted allocation. A decision will now need to be made on how grants will be awarded. The applications have been scored using a prioritisation tool and a report will now be taken to a panel for discussion before a decision can be made about which applications have been successful.
The panel will meet on Tuesday 24 January. The decision from this panel will then be fed back to the Cumberland UKSPF Local Partnership Group at a meeting which will be held on Friday 27 January. Applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application in the week commencing 30 January.
We submitted an investment plan to Government on 31 August 2022 to secure our funding allocation. The funding is allocated annually over the next three years up to March 2025, with the majority of funding available in the final year of the programme. This investment plan was approved by Government on 5 December 2022
Carlisle City worked closely with Allerdale Borough Council and Copeland Borough Council as we will together form Cumberland Council from 1 April 2023. We ensured that the priorities of our three investment plans are closely aligned to enable delivery by the new authority.
During preparation of our investment plans we consulted with a variety of partners and stakeholders through focus group sessions and an expression of interest survey. A Local Partnership Group has also been formed made up of representatives from strategic organisations from across the local area. Our investment plans were shaped by feedback from this consultation and engagement, an assessment of the ambitions, needs and opportunities of the area and the priorities of our Council Plan.
Funding available for projects in 2022/23
As part of our investment plan, we selected a number of interventions and the outputs and outcomes we aim to achieve through this funding. The interventions Carlisle have selected for support in 2022/23 are:
Community and Place
- E1: Funding for improvements to town centres and high streets, including better accessibility for disabled people, including capital spend and running costs.
- E4: Enhanced support for existing cultural, historic and heritage institutions that make up the local cultural heritage offer.
- E6: Support for local arts, cultural and creative activities.
- E8: Funding for the development and promotion of wider campaigns which encourage people to visit and explore the local area.
- E12: Investment in community engagement schemes to support community involvement in decision making in local regeneration.
- E14: Funding to support relevant feasibility studies.
Supporting Local Businesses
- E16: Investment in open markets and improvements to town centre retail and service sector infrastructure, with wrap around support for small businesses.
- E17: Funding for the development and promotion (both trade and consumer) of the visitor economy, such as local attractions, trails, tours and tourism products more generally.
- E30: Business support measures to drive employment growth, particularly in areas of higher unemployment.
Due to limited funds available and the requirement to deliver at pace, Year 1 funding will be targeted at a limited number of specific projects for E1, E4 E8, E12, E16, E17 and E30.
For Year 1 only, Carlisle City Council initiated an open call for projects in December 2022 under the following Interventions: E6 and E14. This closed on Wednesday 21 December 2022 and we are no longer able to accept applications to this fund.
All other projects will be asked to apply for Years 2 and 3 in early 2023.
For further information regarding UK Shared Prosperity Fund, please refer to the following guidance:
If you have any questions you can contact us by emailing [email protected]