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UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF)

Nottingham City Council has been awarded over £8.6m to spend on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) up until 31 March 2025.

To access this funding, Local Authorities were required to submit Investment Plans to government for approval by the Department for Levelling Up Housing & Communities.

UKSPF consists of three interconnected priority themes

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

Nottingham’s Investment Plan along with selected Interventions, Outcomes and Outputs are available here. Click below to download the files:  

Content is indicative until approved by DLUHC.

Our plans for delivery

UKSPF will be delivered through a blend of:

  • Grants to public or private organisations (“Lead local authorities should note that competitions for projects is the default approach for selecting recipients of public grants.”)
  • Commissioning third party organisations (refers to commissioning a delivery organisation without competition. Normally the only suitable body)
  • Procurement of service provision (following national procurement regulations)
  • In-house provision (Some community level interventions may require a commissioning or in-house approach, recognising that competitions for grant may create barriers to participation in left behind communities)

UKSPF Indicators (Outputs & Outcomes)

Definitions and Guidance

The Government has published Technical Guidance on the UKSPF Outputs and Outcomes. (see below). 


Open Call 1 (OC1) – Community Development

This call focused on the UKSPF Investment Priorities within Nottingham City Council’s UKSPF programme of:

  1. People and Skills
  2. Communities and Place

Nottingham City Council will utilise approximately £4m of UK SPF funding to support its community development objectives. Within these combined Investment Priorities, we encouraged applications from organisations, groups and bodies whose activities support the development of Nottingham’s communities and the people who live within them.

With the key metric of Improving Pride in Place by 2030, we asked for applications that included:

  • Strengthening the social fabric of Nottingham.
  • Promoting social inclusion.
  • Reducing social deprivation, reducing the cost of living and encouraging social mobility
  • Developing community and neighbourhood infrastructure.
  • Delivering life, vocational, financial and personal developmental skills.
  • Offering engagement of Economically Inactive residents to support local regeneration and economic progression.
  • Contributing to Nottingham becoming a carbon neutral city by 2028.

We aim to use this portion of the UKSPF programme funding to deliver tangible improvements to our local communities where people live, study and work, so that Nottingham citizens feel more proud, more connected and more invested in and towards our historic city.

The table below details the organisations that were successful in securing grants to deliver their proposed projects through this call.

 

Organisation

UKSPF Investment  Priority

Project Start Date

Access Training

People & Skills

April 2024

Bestwood Partnership

People & Skills

Dec 2023

Evolve

Communities & Place

People & Skills

Jan 2023

Dec 2023

Framework Housing

People & Skills

Apr 2023

Futures

People & Skills

Dec 2023

Places for People

Communities & Place

Jan 2023

Princes Trust

People & Skills

Dec 2023

Renewal Trust

Communities & Place

Jan 2023

Second Chance Learning Academy

People & Skills

Dec 2023

St Anns Advice

Communities & Place

Jan 2023

Transform Training

People & Skills

Dec 2023

Volunteer it Yourself

Communities & Place

People & Skills

Jan 2023

Apr 2024

For more details about the Organisations and the projects that have now started, you can click on the links in the table above.

We will be posting more detail about the projects that each organisation will be delivering on this web-page in the near future.


UKSPF Nottingham Open Call 2 (OC2)

This call focused on the UKSPF Investment Priorities within Nottingham City Council’s UKSPF programme of

  1. Communities and Place
  2. Supporting Local Businesses

Nottingham City Council will utilise approximately £300,000 of UKSPF funding to support its visitor economy objectives. Within these combined Investment Priorities, we encourage applications from organisations, groups and bodies whose activities support the development of the visitor economy in Nottingham.

With the key goal of Improving Pride in Place by 2030, we asked for applications that included:

  • Supporting events and culture with funding for arts and culture.
  • Supporting the business, visitor and conference events sector.
  • Campaigns to encourage visitors into the city.

Marketing Nottingham & Nottinghamshire were successful in securing the grant funding to deliver this activity. 

For more details about this Organisation and their project, you can click on the link above.


UKSPF Nottingham Open Call 3 (OC3)

This call focused on the UKSPF Investment Priority within Nottingham City Council’s UKSPF programme of:

  1. Supporting Local Businesses

Nottingham City Council has added a local intervention to its UKSPF programme to specifically support inward investment, recognising the importance of this to creating jobs and prosperity within the city. It will utilise approximately £300,000 of UKSPF funding to support inward investment activities including Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Marketing Nottingham & Nottinghamshire were successful in securing the grant funding to deliver this activity. 

For more details about this Organisation and their project, you can click on the link above.


Open Call 4 (OC4) – Business Growth 1

This call focused on the UKSPF Investment Priorities within Nottingham City Council’s UKSPF programme of:

  1. Supporting Local Businesses

Nottingham City Council will utilise approximately £700,000 of UKSPF funding to support its business growth objectives.

We requested applications which support:

  • Start-up businesses.
  • Businesses with innovation and R&D.
  • Businesses within key sectors.

These support interventions will help to grow business productivity, increase the local business pool and drive growth in the economy.

The table below details the organisations that were successful in securing grants to deliver their proposed projects through this call.

Organisation

UKSPF Investment  Priority

Project Start Date

Medilink Midlands

Supporting Local Businesses

Apr 2023

NBV Enterprise Solutions

Supporting Local Businesses

Apr 2023

University of Nottingham – Institute of Advanced Manufacturing

Supporting Local Businesses

Jul 2023

Nottingham Trent University

Supporting Local Businesses

Apr 2024

We will be posting more details about the projects that each organisation will be delivering on this web-page in the near future.


UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) Nottingham fifth and sixth Open Calls will be launched in October 2023.

Last updated: 13/11/2023


 

UKSPF Nottingham Open Call 5 (OC5) – Business

This call focuses on the UKSPF Investment Priority of Supporting Local Businesses within Nottingham City Council’s UKSPF programme.

Nottingham City Council will utilise approximately £736,112 of UKSPF Revenue and Capital funding to support its business growth objectives from April 2024 to March 2025.

The Open Call will contain four separate lots. We are looking to provide grants to organisations to deliver projects aimed at:

  1. Supporting Enterprise Infrastructure, Incubators and Accelerators.
  2. Growing the Local Social Economy.
  3. Developing Angel Investor Networks.
  4. R&D grants supporting innovative product & service development.

These projects will help to grow business productivity, increase the local business pool and drive growth in the economy.


A Technical Workshop providing more details on this Open Call was held on Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 10th October.

The slides from this workshop can be found here

Questions from this workshop can be found here

This Open Call will be launched on Monday 23rd October. 

The Invitation to Bid and application documents can be found below

The deadline for applications to this call is 5pm on Monday 4th December.



UKSPF Nottingham Open Call 6 (OC6) – Developing Green Skills

This call focuses on the UKSPF Investment Priority of People & Skills within Nottingham City Council’s UKSPF programme.

Nottingham City Council will utilise £189,750 of UKSPF Revenue and Capital funding to support its Employment & Skills objectives from April 2024 to March 2025.

Through this Open Call, we are looking to provide one grant to an organisation to deliver a project aimed at:

  • Meeting local skills needs.
  • Delivering Green Skills courses.
  • Supporting the delivery of life and career skills courses.

We will be looking for applications that:

  • Promote social inclusion.
  • Reduce social deprivation and encouraging social mobility.
  • Engage economically inactive residents to support their economic progression.
  • Contribute to Nottingham becoming a carbon neutral city by 2028.

A Technical Workshop providing more details on this Open Call was held on Microsoft Teams on Thursday 12th October.

The slides from this workshop can be found here

Questions from this workshop can be found here

This Open Call will be launched on Wednesday 25th October.

The Invitation to Bid and application documents can be found below


 

The deadline for applications to this call is 5pm on Wednesday 6th December.

Crowdfund Nottingham Project

Nottingham City Council in partnership with community fundraising platform Spacehive launch an exciting opportunity to empower local people to fundraise to develop capital projects across Nottingham communities.