UK Shared Prosperity Fund

We are seeking proposals from organisations wishing to deliver activity as part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), between October 2022 and the end of March 2025.

UKSPF is a central pillar of the UK Government's Levelling Up agenda and will commit over £2.6bn of funding for local investment by March 2025. The primary goal of the UKSPF is to build pride in place and increase life chances across the UK. Underneath this overarching aim, there are three Investment Priorities:

  • Community and Place
  • Supporting Local Business
  • People and Skills

Each investment priority in its turn lists a number of Interventions with corresponding outcomes and outputs.

The type of proposals we are looking for

Projects must deliver activity that falls into one or more of the three investment priorities above and is clearly aligned with at least one of the Interventions.

We are also particularly interested in proposals that support the priority themes of the Local Outcome Improvement Plan and the Council’s Business Plan priorities of Net Zero, Poverty Prevention and Health and Wellbeing.

Proposals need to be clearly developed with a defined costing plan and clearly measurable outcomes and outputs.  Consideration also needs to be given to an exit plan for when the funding ends in March 2025.

How you can apply

Please read the UKSPF List of Interventions, Outputs and Indicators documentation before starting work on a proposal.  You will need to submit a UK Shared Prosperity Fund proposal form along with the accompanying completed spreadsheets detailing how your proposal meets the UK SPF priorities, the funding required for the proposal and the intended outcomes and outputs that will be achieved.

Apply for UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Completed proposal documents must be submitted to UKSPF@edinburgh.gov.uk no later than noon on Monday 11 July 2022.  Late proposals will not be accepted.

We will be holding an information session for potential bidders on Tuesday 28 June 2022, 9.30am to 10.30am. If you would like to attend please register your attendance.

Assessment of proposals

An independent panel will assess all proposals against

  • the extent to which they meet the priorities of UK Shared Prosperity Fund
  • the extent to which proposals would support the delivery of local priorities.

Following assessment, we will prioritise which proposals which most strongly meet UKSPF and local priorities.  These proposals will then be included in an Investment Plan for Edinburgh. 

The Edinburgh Investment Plan will be submitted to UK Government in August 2022 for their consideration. The UK Government will assess Edinburgh’s Investment Plan and it is hoped that this will be approved for delivery from October 2022 onwards.

Upon agreement of the Edinburgh Investment Plan, the City of Edinburgh Council will enter into a funding agreement with successful bidders.

Submission and delivery timescales

20 June 2022 – Open call for applications

28 June 2022 – Information session for potential bidders

11 July 2022 – Deadline for local proposals to be submitted

August 2022 – Deadline for submitting the Investment Plan to UK Government

October 2022 – Successful projects confirmed for delivery

31 March 2025 – UK Shared Prosperity Funding period ends

Contact us

If you have any questions about the fund, wish to register your interest or submit an application, email UKSPF@edinburgh.gov.uk and a member of the team will get back to you.

Privacy policy

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