£9.4 million funding to support communities and businesses

Businesses and communities in Westmorland and Furness are set to get funding support as £9.4 million has been granted via the government’s three-year UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF).

The idea is the money will be used to support projects that fit into three investment criteria’s. These include:

Community and Place including:

  • Arts, heritage and culture,
  • Active travel,
  • Impactful volunteering and social action projects,
  • Inclusive sports facilities

Supporting local business including:

  • Business support for startup and growth,
  • Business decarbonisation

People and skills including:

  • Support for access to employment

Projects in the former South Lakeland and Eden District Council areas include:

  • Support for existing cultural, historic and heritage institutions,
  • Support for rural businesses,
  • Support to grow the rural social economy

Just over £7.3 million is available from the UKSPF for the next two years and £2.1 million from REPF to be targeted at the former South Lakeland and Eden areas. These funds replace the previous EU funded structural and regional development programmes.

Projects aimed at supporting businesses and communities in Westmorland and Furness are set to be funded to the tune of £9.4 million.

Councillor Virginia Taylor, Westmorland and Furness Council’s cabinet member for sustainable communities and localities had this to say:

“Money from these two funds will be powerful tools in helping make Westmorland and Furness a great place to live, work and thrive. We’ll pass this funding on to organisations with local knowledge and expertise, community groups, charities, local businesses – who’ve formulated and can deliver ambitious projects which improve prosperity for their communities, now and in the future. I look forward to seeing the bids come into and the fund and improvements that successful projects will deliver.”


Find out more about these funds here.