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UK Shared Prosperity Fund

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6bn for funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to boost productivity, pay, jobs and living standards as well as improve public services, restore sense of community and empower communities. More information on the national Shared Prosperity Fund can be found on the UK Government website.

Local authorities across the UK were given the task of planning and delivering investment within the following investment priorities: Community and Place; Supporting Local Business; and People and Skills.

UKSPF Vibrant & Living Spaces Grant

Argyll and Bute Council is delighted to announce the launch of the Vibrant & Living Spaces Grant Fund, funded through the UKSPF to deliver under the Community and Place Priority.

The Vibrant & Living Spaces Grant Fund is open for applications from Friday 12th January 2024 and closes on Friday 23rd February 2024 at 17:00pm.

The total pot available is £304,642. The fund is to support capital projects which will create of improve living spaces in the following areas:

  • green or blue space;
  • community facilities and amenities; or
  • cultural, heritage and tourism assets.

Applications will be considered from:

  • Community and voluntary groups based in Argyll and Bute;
  • Organisations which have not for profit status, such as being a registered charity, social enterprise, or community interest group based in Argyll and Bute;

The Council will award grants from £10,000 – £50,000 to eligible organisations that support activities that deliver UKSPF objectives

HOW TO APPLY

Please read the Application Guidance before completing the Application Form.

Please note that projects must be completed by 31 March 2025.

Please complete the application form and email it to investinargyll@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

Applications can be submitted at any time, with the deadline and decision date noted below:

 

Deadline

Grant fund opens for applications

Friday 12th January 2024

Application deadline

Friday 23rd February 2024

Decision Date

Thursday 28th March 2024

 Application Form and Guidance can be found in the links below:

Assessment of Applications

The Transformation Projects and Regeneration Team within Argyll and Bute Council will assess the project in line with the scoring matrix in the Application Guidance and contact you for clarification, if required. Please note that if you do not fully complete the application form then this may affect the assessment of your application.

Argyll and Bute Council will produce a shortlist of eligible projects following consideration of the applications. We will assess how well your proposed project can demonstrate meeting local needs, how it fits with Argyll and Bute Council Plans and Strategies, how well planned and deliverable it is, the long term viability of the project and how it can achieve the fund outcomes and outputs.

The shortlist of bids will be taken to relevant panel for final decision for grant award.

Applicants will be notified in the week following the decision panel meeting.

Grant agreements will be issued to successful applicants as soon as possible. Successful applicants must sign a contract and meet the terms of the agreement before funds are released, ongoing monitoring and reporting will be as requested by Argyll and Bute Council.

Data privacy notice 

For information on our data privacy notice please follow the link.

For further information, please contact:

Transformation Projects and Regeneration Team at Investinargyll@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

The Vibrant and Living Spaces Capital Grant has been funded from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.