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UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) in Sunderland







Update: 27 January 2023

As of 5pm Friday 27 January 2023 the call for Communities and Place is now closed. Further information regarding individual application appraisals will be provided to applicants in due course.

Update: 19 December 2022

The Call 1 Workshop slides, recording from session held 7 December 2022 and Q&A's received during and following the event are now available at the Call for Projects page.

Update: 9 December 2022

Sunderland has now received approval from Government of its UKSPF Investment Plan. This was confirmed by Government on 5 December.

Update: 5 December 2022

The registration period for the Technical Workshops for Call 1 Communities and Place is now closed.

We will publish a Q&A following the events hope to be able to publish a recording of the event for anyone who has been unable to attend.  The Q&A and recording will be published to this site once available.

Update: 18 November 2022

We are pleased to announce Sunderland's first targeted call for projects under the Communities and Place Investment Priority. Further details can be found at the Call for Projects link below.

The business case template, funding guidance and additional information is also available on this site to support project applicants with their proposals. Technical workshops will also be announced shortly.

The Council, as Lead Authority for UKSPF in Sunderland, is awaiting the Government's announcement on its UKSPF Investment Plan. We expect this to be in late November/early December 2022.

The Multiply Investment Plan for Sunderland was approved by Government in September 2022. Multiply focuses on improving adult numeracy and is being administered by the Department of Education. As such, separate delivery arrangements are in place for Multiply in Sunderland. For more information on Multiply, please see the link below.

Introduction to UKSPF

Sunderland, as a lead authority area, has been allocated an indicative total of £16,577,891 to invest over three years. This is broken down into £14,936,161 of UKSPF core funding and £1,641,730 for the Multiply programme.

Sunderland is in a strong position to use UKSPF alongside other funding and has identified priority interventions for support to maximise outcomes for its residents, communities, and businesses.

The Investment Plan for Sunderland builds on the existing priorities set out in the City Plan 2019-2030.

UKSPF and the Sunderland City Plan

Sunderland already has an ambitious City Plan that sets out the longer term vision for Sunderland to be 'a connected, international city with opportunities for all.'

To achieve this, the City Plan has three key themes: 

  • by 2030 Sunderland will be a dynamic smart city with more and better jobs, a low-carbon economy and a great choice of housing. It will be a leading digital city, deploying smart and sustainable technologies for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors;
  • it will be a healthy smart city where people will live healthier, independent lives for longer. It will be a clean and attractive city with great transport and travel links;
  • and it will be a vibrant smart city with more resilient people feeling safe in their homes and neighbourhoods. There will be a range of opportunities for people to participate in their communities and in cultural events and activities

The UKSPF investment plan supports the overarching City Plan vision and the three themes, and has identified priority interventions and activities that can be delivered between now and March 2025.

The UKSPF Investment priorities

The investment plan has considered the challenges and opportunities for Sunderland in the context of three investment priorities set out by Government:

  • Communities and Place
  • Supporting Local Business
  • People and Skills

The first two years of the investment plan focuses on Communities and Place, and Supporting Local Business. In the third year, the fund can be used for People and Skills, with some at risk provision currently being delivered by the Voluntary and Community Sector can be brought forward to year two of the investment plan.

The investment plan aligns with the overall fund objectives which are to:

  • Boost productivity, pay, jobs and living standards, especially in those places where they are lagging
  • Spread opportunities and improve public services, especially in those places where they are weakest
  • Restore a sense of community, local pride and belonging, especially in those places where they have been lost
  • Empower local leaders and communities, especially in those places lacking local agency

UKSPF in the North East

Discussions continue to take place across the North East region, and with neighbouring local authorities, to explore areas where we have common challenges and opportunities, and where it makes sense to think regionally to potentially create a bigger impact.

Contact details

Please contact us at for any general enquiries on UKSPF or if you have any questions or require further information.

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