Issue details

Decision to approve and launch the Cultural Development and Cultural Programming grant schemes as part of the UKSPF Investment Plan.

In April 2022, the government launched the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), to replace the European Union funded structural funds. The primary goal of the UKSPF is to build pride in place and increase life chances across the UK. This aligns with the Levelling Up White Paper missions. Funding is targeted where it is needed most: building pride in place, supporting high quality skills training, supporting pay, employment and productivity growth and increasing life chances.

The council has been allocated £7,545,330 to be spent between 2022 and 2025, of which, £903,194 is for ‘Multiply’ adult numeracy support which is subject to a separate decision. The government announced approval of the Investment Plan on the 5 December 2022, and Cabinet took the decision to accept and spend these funds on 15th December, 2022

Under the Community and Places Investment Priority, the Cultural Grant scheme will deliver measure E4, which supports enhancing existing cultural, historic and heritage institutions and results in an improved perception of facilities and amenities in Herefordshire, increased footfall, and more events and participatory programmes; and E6, which supports local arts, culture, heritage and creative activities and results in improved engagement and new local cultural events and activities across the county.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 15/06/2023

Decision due: 7 June 2023 by Corporate Director – Economy & Environment

Contact: Ross Cook, Corporate Director - Economy and Environment Email: