North Tyneside Council has secured £1.5 million of funding that organisations in the North West of the Borough can bid for. The UK Shared Prosperity Funding (UKSPF) will be made available to any voluntary and community sector organisations, including individual resident’s groups or youth organisations that provide services in Camperdown, Weetslade and Longbenton.
With a focus on creating a sense of renewed pride, identity and connectivity in local communities, the Council has today announced three exciting funding schemes that will run until March 2025.
The funding on offer ranges from large scale projects to smaller grants for individual residents and residents’ organisations, all administered by the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA):
- Up to 50k for large voluntary and community sector organisations, they don’t have to be currently based in the North West of the Borough, but the funding must be used on improvements in this area.
- Up to £500 for individual residents and resident’s organisations.
- £220k is available for up to 20 different schemes supporting young people in the North West.
To launch the new scheme, North Tyneside Council is hosting an open call event at Westmoor Community Centre on 24 October between 2pm and 4pm. A team will be on hand to help organisations understand the application process and the funding available.
Cllr Carl Johnson, Deputy Mayor of North Tyneside Council, said: “Bringing investment into our borough is a huge focus for the council, and this funding focused on the North West of the borough means we will be able to support a range of projects and programmes that will offer opportunities for our residents.
“The funding packages available will give organisations with ambition and creativity the chance to help our local communities thrive and leave a long lasting legacy for the area.”
North of Tyne Metro Mayor, Jamie Driscoll, said: “Getting more cash into our communities is a must. Having emerged from the pandemic into a cost-of-living crisis, people are really struggling. When money is tight, people rightly prioritise the essentials of food, heat and shelter.
“With this new funding, we can begin to also build back the networks and services that support us when times are tough. There are so many organisations doing great things to improve the lives of their friends and neighbours, this fund will give them a much needed boost.”
Applications will open in November with funding going live in January 2024.
The UKSPF is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.