Get information about the shared prosperity funding available in North Yorkshire.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a national funding programme created by the government that we administer for North Yorkshire. £16.9m is potentially available to the county with the aim of building pride and increasing life chances.

The fund has three investment priorities:

  • communities and place
  • supporting local business
  • people and skills

To oversee delivery of the fund we will be setting up a Local Partnership Group, made up of a wide range of stakeholders and partners that worked with us on  our initial investment plan (pdf / 2 MB) which was submitted to the government.

Following the approval of the plan we will then be able to distribute funds to projects, mostly through a competitive grant giving process overseen by the Local Partnership Group.

It is expected that this stage will happen in the autumn.

Consultation workshops

We held three online workshops around the three priorities for the funding. You can watch the recordings from the sessions and download the presentations:

You can find more information on the fund by reading the government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund prospectus or by contacting us.

Frequently asked questions

North Yorkshire has been allocated £16.9m for three years up to March 2025:

  • 2022/23 - £2.05m
  • 2023/24 - £4.1m
  • 2024/25 - £10.74m

In addition North Yorkshire has been allocated £2.6m for Multiply, a national adult numeracy programme.

The funding available is primarily for revenue costs however roughly 17% of the total can be used for capital costs. In North Yorkshire this amounts to approximately £2.7m over three years.

Individual applications for project funding cannot be made until after the Investment Plan has been approved by government, at which time calls for project applications will be launched. This is expected to be in the autumn 2022. Not all grant programmes are likely to be launched immediately the investment plan is approved.

The specifications of each funding opportunity will be developed later on in the process. This will include details of how much funding individual organisations can bid for, any possible match funding requirements, timescales and anticipated outputs and outcomes. Every effort will be made to allow scalable bids and programmes which fit the needs of different communities and the capabilities of delivery partners and potential applicants.

Any work undertaken to develop a grant application prior to the publication of specific funding opportunities is entirely at the applicant’s risk. Potential applicants should be clear that because a certain intervention or initiative is identified in the prospectus it does not guarantee that it will be included in the Investment Plan for North Yorkshire.

The fund is intended to help communities across the country, support people living or working in the UK, citizens with permission to work here, and help businesses operating in the UK. Any organisation with legal status can receive funding to deliver a fund intervention, including arms-length bodies of government where appropriate.

The fund investment plan for North Yorkshire does not require match funding however funding schemes delivered by the ourselves may include a requirement for match funding if that is deemed beneficial to the overall programme and appropriate to a specific grant fund or intervention.

Yes, as stated in Section 2.5 of the prospectus. However exceptions may be made for voluntary organisations delivering projects under previous European Union Funding programmes.

Intelligence gathering and team formation May 2022
North Yorkshire SPF Local Partnership Group June 2022
Consultation with stakeholders and partners June 2022
North Yorkshire SPF Local Partnership Group  14 July
Investment Plan to our Executive for approval 19 July
Submission of Investment Plan to government 22 July
First Investment Plans approved by government October 2022
Initial call for projects October 2022

The overall objective of Multiply is to increase the levels of functional numeracy in the adult population across the UK. We have identified the following success measures for the whole programme at a national level:

  • more adults achieving maths qualifications courses (up to, and including, Level 2 – with GCSEs and FSQs as the qualifications of choice in England – or equivalent) and an increase in participation in numeracy courses. We expect local areas to evidence improvements in functional numeracy, rather than solely participation in Multiply interventions
  • improved labour market outcomes, for example fewer numeracy skills gaps reported by employers, and an increase in the proportion of adults that progress into sustained employment and / or education
  • increased adult numeracy across the population – this overall impact, which goes beyond achieving certificates or qualifications, will track both the perceived and actual difference taking part in the programme makes in supporting learners to improve their understanding and use of maths in their daily lives, at home and at work - and to feel more confident when doing so