Posted: Thu 2nd Nov 2023

Flintshire Council awarded £11m from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

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This article is old - Published: Thursday, Nov 2nd, 2023

Following a successful bid, Flintshire County Council has been awarded just over £11 million in funding from the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

The funding will be channelled into 23 diverse projects designed to invigorate the local economy and community.

The announcement comes after the council launched a call for proposals in February.

The response was “overwhelming,” with over 90 applications vying for a slice of the Flintshire allocation, requesting nearly triple the available funds.

The council said the selection process “was rigorous,” involving a series of appraisal and assessment exercises.

Ultimately, a shortlist of 23 projects was given the green light, aligning with the UKSPF’s focus areas: improving communities and local places, bolstering businesses, enhancing people’s skills and well-being.

The Flintshire projects are a diverse mix, including the “Supporting Tourism Business & Sector Key Fund,” aimed at boosting the tourism industry, “Minding the Gaps of the Young People in Flintshire” focusing on youth support, and “Connecting to Coast and Countryside,” which seeks to enhance Flintshire’s natural assets.

Other notable projects are the “Flintshire Fund” for community investment, “Town Centre Investment Programme – Flintshire” for urban development, and “Strength in Numbers – Maths Skills for Life,” which supports the Multiply programme’s goal to improve adult numeracy.

Flintshire’s commitment to sustainability and technology is reflected in initiatives like the “Flintshire Sustainable Decarbonised Future (FAST)” and the “Greenfield Valley Heritage Park Improvement Programme.”

Councillor David Healey, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Economy, said: “I am delighted that, with the use of UK Government Shared Prosperity Funding, these projects have the potential to make a significant positive contribution to Flintshire’s communities and economy and help the county become an even more prosperous and vibrant place for people to live, study, work, and visit.”

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