UKSPF – Digital Connectivity for Community Facilities Grant Round 2 Now Open
UKSPF – Digital Connectivity for Community Facilities: Introduction
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s (LCRCA’s) local investment plan for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) programme – the UK’s successor to EU Structural funds – includes a grants programme focussed on Digital Connectivity for Community Facilities. VOLA has been appointed by the LCRCA to manage this programme.
Earlier in the year, Round 1 of the fund awarded £300,000 to 46 grass-roots, not-for-profit community organisations across the Liverpool City Region. This was the first of 5 planned funding rounds to take place in 2023 and 2024.
Round 2 Now Open
Round 2 of the fund is open for applications from Monday 19 June 2023, with £361,000 available across the Liverpool City Region (see FAQs or briefing slides for borough allocations).
Grants of between £2,500 and £10,000 are available. Please do not apply for more than the maximum, or less than the minimum.
Application deadline = Monday 17 July, 5pm, with a view to awarding grants to successful applicants in September 2023. See process timescales in briefing slides.
Completed applications, plus all required supporting documentation must be emailed to: email@example.com by the stated deadlines. Late applications will not be accepted.
Application and guidance documents (please read and digest all):
- Application form
- Application guidance
- Online map of local digital community facilities – so you can see what’s already in your area.
- Ward-level digital exclusion and deprivation data – which will help you to understand local need and enable you to assert this in your application.
This is a competitive process, with awards made on merit to VCFSE organisations based in all six boroughs of the city region – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.
Briefing sessions – June 2023
Slides and recordings of the recent briefing sessions can be downloaded below. These will be particularly useful to interested applicants that were unable to attend the sessions.
- General info briefing session:
The general briefings covered background and purpose of the fund; applicant eligibility criteria; eligible and ineligible expenditure; important policies and other things you need to have in place; and most importantly, guidance and tips on putting together a good application.
- Technical hints and tips briefing session: