A record number of local organisations have applied for the final year of funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), which the council manages on behalf of government.
It's fantastic to see so many local organisations showing an interest in the funding, wanting to grow and be a part of a thriving Southend-on-Sea. During early January over 40 applications were received totalling almost £2m, which exceeds the available funding by over £1m.
To unlock the UKSPF allocation, the council has produced an investment plan with partners which shows how the funding is to be used in Southend to meet the government's three investment priorities: Communities and Place, People and Skills and Local Business.
Locally the Council and partners have targeted projects which increase volunteering, provide training and skills opportunities, and support new and existing local organisations.
2024/25 will be the last year of a three-year funding allocation and UKSPF funding is already providing eight local organisations with financial support. This is helping them to deliver a range of projects, providing positive outcomes to residents and businesses.
For the 40 applications received a comprehensive evaluation process is now underway. Final funding decisions will be taken by an independent panel to ensure that the assessment and decisions are fair, and that successful applications are a good strategic fit with the investment plan.
Cllr Daniel Nelson, cabinet member for economic growth and investment, said: “It's wonderful so many organisations are showing an interest and have applied for the funding available.
“We know that not everyone will be successful but I would encourage local organisations to reach out to our dedicated UKSPF team who will do all they can to support and advise. We sincerely thank everyone who has taken the time and trouble to apply, and we hope to support as many organisations as possible.”
The council's UKSPF team can be contacted at: email@example.com.