£2.5m Government cash pot for local projects to increase community pride – applications now open

13:55, Tuesday, 24th October 2023

Local organisations – including businesses, charities, local councils and sport and community groups – are being urged to apply for a share of the latest Government UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

More than £2.46m is available, including £322,000 dedicated to projects in rural areas under the Rural England Prosperity Fund.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This is the latest tranche of Government cash that will help our region level up and face the future with confidence.

“These grants will support businesses, increase community pride and help people access many more opportunities that will improve their lives.

“The cash is available for a wide number of projects, from open air markets to community gardens and marketing schemes. It gives local organisations a fantastic opportunity to directly shape North Lincolnshire’s exciting future.”

Previous projects that have benefitted from UKSPF cash include:

• A fruit and vegetable growing project at Dam Road Park for schools and community groups from Friends of Barton Parks
• Modernisation of facilities at CrosbyONE community centre
• Cash to develop local creative talent at Fountain Arts in Scunthorpe
• A community garden to be planted at St Oswald’s Church in Crowle
• An upgraded clubhouse at Heslam Park
• A new campaign to encourage out-of-area visitors to enjoy cycling in North Lincolnshire
• Money to help get Scunthorpe’s first ever Pride event up and running.

This round of funding also includes £960,000 for projects which offer employment support and courses in basic skills with the aim of encouraging more local people into work.

Businesses are also encouraged to apply, with money available for entrepreneurs, the visitor economy, market and retail infrastructure. This will increase footfall and spending in the region.

The fund is open until midnight on Monday 11 December.

Find out more and apply via the Invest in North Lincolnshire website.

Any community groups who require additional funds to support their project can find out about other funding opportunities on the Community Grants section of our website.

For queries please contact the UKSPF team on ukspf@northlincs.gov.uk