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UK Shared Prosperity Fund

We have have had a number of enquiries about the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, so we thought it might be helpful to blog what we have learnt about this fund so far.

Main points:

  • The £2.6 billion fund succeeds the EU Structural Funds from 2022 until 2025
  • The fund can be matched with other government funds such as the Levelling Up Fund
  • The Lead Authority for the Tees Valley is the Tees Valley Combined Authority

The 3 priorities are:

  • Communities and Place
  • Support for Local Businesses
  • People and Skills

Under the Communities and Place heading:

  • Strengthening our social fabric and fostering a sense of local pride and belonging, through investment in activities that enhance physical, cultural and social ties and amenities, such as community infrastructure and local green space, and community-led projects.
  • Building resilient, safe and healthy neighbourhoods, through investment in quality places that people want to live, work, play and learn in, through targeted improvements to the built environment and innovative approaches to crime

Interventions of interest to the sector:
E6: Support for local arts, cultural, heritage and creative activities.
E9: Funding for impactful volunteering and/or social action projects to develop social and human capital in local places.
E11: Investment in capacity building and infrastructure support for local civil society and community groups.
E12: Investment in community engagement schemes to support community involvement in decision making in local regeneration.
E13: Community measures to reduce the cost of living, including through measures to improve energy efficiency, and combat fuel poverty and climate change.
E15: Investment and support for digital infrastructure for local community facilities.

The Local Development Agencies in the Tees Valley (MVDA, RCVDA, Catalyst, TVCA and HartlePower) are working together to make the case for investment in the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Graphic showing the priorities for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund












UK Prosperity Fund allocations







per head of population

North of Tyne1
















South Tyneside
















County Durham








Tees Valley2








North Yorkshire










Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland


Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton on Tees and Redcar & Cleveland


We will add more information as the situation develops.