Apply for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and a significant component of its support for places across the UK. It provides three years funding for local investment, with all areas of the UK receiving an allocation. Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council has received an allocation of £1 million per authority.

The primary goal of the UKSPF is to build pride in place and increase life chances across the UK. This aligns with Levelling Up White Paper missions, particularly: ‘By 2030, pride in place, such as people’s satisfaction with their town centre and engagement in local culture and community, will have risen in every area of the UK, with the gap between the top performing and other areas closing.’

Funding of between £50,000 and £200,000 is available to successful applicants. Applications for sums outside this range will not be considered. The UKSPF sum requested must be matched by an investment of at least 50% by the applicant in their project. This matched investment can include ‘in-kind’ contributions, such as the quantification of staff time inputs. 

A total of £1,000,000 is available for investment over three years in Lewes district and in Eastbourne, which will be awarded on a competitive basis. The UKSPF application process will be managed by Lewes District and Eastbourne Borough Councils, in partnership with a wider Stakeholder Group.

Investment priorities

There are three main investment priorities for the UKSPF:

  • Communities and Place
  • Supporting local business
  • People and Skills

More detail on the investment priorities is available in the application forms for each authority.

How to apply

We are inviting applications for funding from the Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council allocations of the UKSPF. 

To apply please complete the relevant form below and email it to by 5pm on Monday 20th June 2022. 

You can also email if you have any questions about applying for the fund.

The UKSPF Prospectus is available on the GOV.UK website: