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East Devon has been allocated £1,796,363 of UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) capital and revenue funding over a three year period (2022/23 to 2024/25). This funding was unlocked upon submission of an Investment Plan which was signed off by both the council and the government. 

East Devon has also been allocated £854,298 of capital funding through the Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) over a two year period, acting as a rural top-up to our UKSPF allocation. We are expecting the government to make a decision on our REPF bid in the coming weeks.

We intend to deliver the following projects using our UKSPF and REPF allocations:

Grant schemes:

Action on Poverty Fund: Grants to support community-led ideas and initiatives to help reduce poverty. UKSPF funding will allow us to extend this (currently council-funded) scheme into 2023/24 and 2024/25. 

Culture, Leisure and Tourism Fund: Grants for community organisations with a culture and leisure focus to purchase equipment to decarbonise their premises. Grants for a limited number of tourism businesses to decarbonise or improve their accessibility. This fund combines both UKSPF and REPF funding for 2023/24 and 2024/25. 

Innovation and Resilience Fund (Round 2): Grants for rural businesses, farms and businesses with a net zero focus to purchase equipment which will enable job creation or improved productivity. This fund combines both UKSPF and REPF funding for 2023/24 and 2024/25. 

Commissioned work (communities):

Active Travel Fund: Funding to develop additional cycleways to increase active travel take-up. This work will be funded in 2024/25. 

Council for Voluntary Service: Funding to establish a new East Devon CVS to provide overarching support for our voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. This provision will be funded for the duration of the three year UKSPF funding period. 

Culture Programme: Funding to deliver a selection of the core objectives outlined in the Cultural Strategy, including capacity building and training for local cultural groups. This provision will be funded for the duration of the three year UKSPF funding period. 

Leisure Programme: Funding to deliver a selection of the core objectives outlined in the Leisure Strategy, including funding to increase take-up of existing local leisure providers. This provision will be funded for the duration of the three year UKSPF funding period. 

Towns Feasibility Work: Funding to identify regeneration and development opportunities within our towns. This work will be funded for the duration of the three year UKSPF funding period. 

Commissioned work (business):

Business Support Programme: Funding to provide general business support services to succeed the Thrive programme, with specialist support for start-ups, net zero and agri-tech. This provision will be funded for the duration of the three year UKSPF funding period. 

Sustainable Tourism Fund: Funding to deliver a selection of the core objectives outlined in the Tourism Strategy, including funding for the East Devon Tourism Network. This provision will be funded for the duration of the three year UKSPF funding period. 

Commissioned work (skills):

Disability Employment Support Programme: Funding to assist unemployed people with disabilities to improve their employment opportunities. This provision will be funded in 2024/25. 

NEET Employment Support Programme: Funding to support to the most hard to reach individuals not in employment, education or training. This provision will be funded in 2024/25. 

Retrofit Programme: Funding to support unemployed individuals to learn new skills and qualifications in retrofitting. This provision will be funded in 2024/25. 

To learn more about our UKSPF and REPF programme or our Investment Plan, please contact our Economic Development team