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UK Shared Prosperity

Sunderland Local Authority have announced the first approved projects under the Communities and Place call for projects. Sunderland, as a lead authority area, has been allocated an indicative total of £16,577,891 to invest over three years with the majority of activity and funding in 2023-24 and 2024-25. This is broken down into £14,936,161 of UKSPF core funding and £1,641,730 for the Multiply programme.


UKSP Update

Funding: Programs

Nine projects in Sunderland have been backed with more than £3.3m of funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) programme.

Investment Priority 1: Communities and Place

  1. Norfolk Hotel, Sunniside - £175,000 towards the redevelopment of the former Norfolk Hotel as a new base for creative and cultural businesses and organisations.

  2. St George’s Church Community Annexe and Café - £139,907 towards creating and constructing a community annexe and café to serve and support the communities of Harraton, Fatfield, Rickleton and beyond.

  3. Sunniside Animation and Activation - £202,253 towards a programme of activities to encourage more visitors to the Sunniside area, to enhance its reputation and encourage more people to work, live and visit.

  4. STEF’s (Sunderland Training & Education Farm) Community Hub – £110,543 towards delivering an enhanced programme of community events, activities and opportunities, supporting residents and neighbourhoods across the city.

  5. Cost of Living Support in St Chads, Silksworth and Barnes - £109,349 to employ Community Support Workers to build resilient communities and strengthen social fabric by mitigating the impacts of the cost of living crisis.

  6. Sunderland Museum and Park Community Garden - £180,103 towards developing a community garden next to the Museum and Winter Gardens to help create a greater sense of place, pride and ownership, working with the Friends of Mowbray Park

  7. Strengthening Communities - £435,786 towards supporting and developing the voluntary and community sector, and encouraging and increasing more people to volunteer.

  8. Community Digital Health Hub Project – £1,150,979 towards a community partnership project that will enhance digital provision across community hubs in the city, and support social prescribing services and activities to ensure no one and no place within Sunderland is left behind.

  9. Connecting and Catalysing Our Culture, Creativity and Engagement – £842,346 towards a partnership project promoting culture led regeneration, and growing participation in culture, heritage and other creative activities.


Investment Priority 2: Supporting Local Business

 Projects prioritised for support regionally and locally, and outside the scope of this call, include:

  • North East Screen Industries Partnership (NESIP) - £524,491 – Regional Business Growth Fund - £1,017,000

  •  Business Intellectual Property Centre and City Life - £150,352

  •  Business and VCSE Decarbonisation Project - £600,000

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