Levelling-Up: Latest community projects set to share £500,000 Government cash

Community Advice and Support
13:47, Monday, 11th September 2023

A raft of community groups and charities across North Lincolnshire are set to share £500,000 on projects to benefit residents.

In Scunthorpe, funding has been allocated to develop local creative talent at Fountain Arts and improve the Parishes car park.

Rugby and cricket players will be able to socialise in an upgraded clubhouse, with cash confirmed to transform Heslam Park.

Children across the area will be able enjoy hours of fun-filled play, with cash used to develop an outdoor play area at Barton’s Waters’ Edge Country Park, as well as new equipment in Kirton-in-Lindsey park.

On top of this, the cash will help even more cyclists enjoy North Lincolnshire’s beautiful landscapes thanks to a campaign encouraging out of area visitors, and a beautiful community garden will be planted at Crowle’s St. Oswald’s Church.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This is Government cash that will make a real difference to the everyday lives of residents in North Lincolnshire – enhancing opportunities and improving facilities we use day in, day out.

“It is the latest Government cash – which would previously have been administered through the EU but which is now being used to directly back communities across North Lincolnshire.”

So far more than £1.3m of the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund cash has been awarded to businesses and community groups across the area – with more to come.

Previous projects include community litter picking, £40,000 for more bins in communities, CCTV enhancements for parish councils, cash to develop the Scunthorpe Steelworks Rail Tours, money for the development of a multi-use games area in Broughton and almost £10,000 for the redevelopment of a neighbouring sports centre.

A soft play unit at St John’s Market has been made possible, a community charity which provides upcycled sports equipment got £5,000 and the organisers of the area’s first Pride event received a £2,500 cash boost to get the party started.

Baysgarth House Museum benefitted from a development programme while Keadby Community Centre got £25,000.

Cllr Waltham added: “If any of these projects have inspired people to make positive changes in their community then they should be applying for the next round of grants with the final round of funding closing in November 2023.”

To find out more about the support available through the fund in North Lincolnshire, please email: ukspf@northlincs.gov.uk To stay up to date, visit the Invest in North Lincolnshire website.

The Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is designed to increase community pride by supporting businesses and helping people achieve better outcomes, access opportunities and lead better lives.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus