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Shared Prosperity Fund

Communities and Place

The Cheshire West and Chester Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF) Investment Plan, approved by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, sets out identified priorities which we are looking to support, within the parameters of the Government's funding criteria. These aim to address the key challenges and opportunities that ourselves and our local stakeholders identified, namely:

  • levelling up opportunity
  • building better live chances
  • improving people's pride in the places they live
  • empowering communities to build a stronger social fabric for themselves.

To ensure that we have a transparent and fair approach to how this funding will be used, both within the Council and by external organisations, we had an open call for proposals which meet the scheme criteria in April 2023.

This has resulted in 26 projects being supported. The projects to be funded have a broad geographic coverage, including rural areas, and support a wide range of activity in line with the Investment Plan.

They also support the most deprived neighbourhoods and groups which are most exposed to the cost-of-living crisis. These include disabled people, people at risk of mental ill-health, victims of domestic violence, refugees, and LGBTQ+ community.

A second opportunity will be launched in Autumn 2023 for project activity in the 2024/25 financial year, with an indicative balance of available funding of £1.87m. An updated breakdown of available funding by theme will be published at this time.

Eligible activity and supporting documents

All proposals in both round one and future application rounds must align with one of these five interventions.

For further information, please contact Shared Prosperity Fund Team