Applications now open for share of Gloucester’s £1.48 million prosperity fund
Gloucester City Council is inviting local organisations to apply for funding for projects which will help improve opportunities and quality of life for residents.
Applications are sought from a range of organisations including community groups, charities, environmental organisations and businesses for a share in £1.48 million of government funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
The money has been allocated to Gloucester within the national Levelling Up programme after the council submitted an investment plan.
It identified the challenges and opportunities facing the city and was put together after extensive consultation with local organisations.
Expressions of Interest are now sought for projects which aim to:
- Boost productivity, pay, jobs and living standards
- Spread opportunities and improve public services
- Restore a sense of community, local pride and belonging
- Empower local leaders and communities
The Investment Plan is particularly looking to improve pride across the city and to support projects in line with the council’s pledge to help tackle climate change.
It also flags up the need to address issues at a community level, empowering local voluntary organisations to identify and address issues within their own communities.
Other key priorities include supporting local business growth and the need to support start-ups and growing businesses as well as attracting inward investors.
Cllr Richard Cook, Leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “Gloucester continues to thrive, attracting investment to the city centre and throughout our city. This sizeable allocation of funding from the Government is a real vote of confidence that we’re on the right track.
“I encourage local organisations in the business, voluntary and community sectors to come up with creative and innovative ideas for projects and services that will really make a positive difference to our city, our community and our residents.”
Example projects that may be considered include those that see improvements to public open spaces and community services, enable businesses to start up and grow, and the provision of training and learning opportunities.
The current investment plan will run until March 2025 and organisations are invited to submit projects that will span the whole period or a part of it.
For more information visit www.gloucester.gov.uk/business-economy/gloucester-shared-prosperity-fund or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed Expressions of Interest should be submitted before Monday 3 October 2022.