The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF)

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) 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 the government's Shared Prosperity Fund webpage

Bassetlaw District Council have been allocated £3.4m of UKSPF to improve both pride in the district and people’s life chances in Bassetlaw, over the next three years.

The funding will be used to support three priorities across Bassetlaw focusing on communities and place, support for local businesses and people and skills.

Some of the projects will include:

  • A Community and Voluntary Grant Programme enabling community and voluntary groups to apply for projects that will make a difference in their local neighbourhoods.
  • Local business investment will see funding for a range of business support services including; the high street, decarbonising businesses, going digital, innovation, business grants and rural businesses.
  • Investment in People and Skills programmes to be delivered in 2024/25 to support those furthest away from the labour market, offer basic skills courses and tailored support to help people in employment.
  • Community infrastructure projects to improve our town centres, improve our green spaces and reduce crime.

Funding opportunities

UKSPF support for communities and place

  • Arts and Heritage Grants - Applications for this have now closed.

UKSPF support for local businesses

  • Decarbonisation grantExpressions of Interest for funding to the business decarbonisation programme to provide IAG, dedicated energy audit and grant to businesses are now open.

UKSPF support for people and skills

Tender opportunities for the project area 'Support for People and Skills' are now live:

  • UKSPF E38 Heritage Construction Skills for Bassetlaw District Council
    • Quote applications have now closed for this project.
  • UKSPF E37 TAILORED SKILLS FOR EMPLOYMENT for Bassetlaw District Council
    • Tender applications have now closed for this project.
  • UKSPF E39 GREEN SKILLS COURSES for Bassetlaw District Council
    • Tender applications have now closed for this project.
  • UKSPF E41 DIGITAL SKILLS for Bassetlaw District Council
    • Tender applications have now closed for this project.

UKSPF current projects

Communities and place

  • Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service (BCVS) has been appointed to develop, manage and administer the ‘Community and Voluntary Grant Programme’, over the next two years on behalf of Bassetlaw District Council.
  • Arts and Heritage Workshops - These workshops are available in local communities, allowing people to learn new skills, create art and craft projects and join together with their local community. Look  out for details across our social media platforms and in locations across the district.

Supporting local businesses

  • Bassetlaw AcceleratorBassetlaw Accelerator is a brand-new business support project designed to help businesses at all stages of development across Bassetlaw to start, sustain, grow and innovate. To find out more about what is available to local businesses in Bassetlaw and to register your expression of interest to access support, visit the D2N2 Growth Hub website.
  • Start-up provision - Start-up provision has begun and is being provided by NBV on our behalf. To book onto these or enquire about other help available, email The next sessions are:
    • Business Planning Workshop - Tuesday 30th April, 10am-4pm, Middletons Yard, Worksop
    • Social Media Workshop - Tuesday 21st May, 10am-4pm, Retford Enterprise, Retford

Supporting people and skills

The 'Transform Your Future' can support people through one-to-one meetings, group workshops and online sessions, it can help people:

  • Develop important life skills
  • Access learning to complete courses and gain qualifications
  • Find sustainable employment opportunities
  • Understand and access the benefits system
  • Learn about further support offered by other services

This programme is delivered through Futures for You.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, May 22, 2024