Aberdeenshire Council approves £3.4m in Shared Prosperity funding for 21 local projects
And expressions of interest now sought for Round 2
Aberdeenshire Council has approved funding for 21 local projects from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund with a combined value of £3.4m committed in Round 1.
The fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK, investing in communities and place, supporting local business, as well as people and skills.
This month, Aberdeenshire UKSPF Investment Plan has enabled a wide variety of activities to be supported – from the improvement of community buildings and facilities, business support schemes and initiatives aimed at supporting adult numeracy, cost-of-living advice services and improving skills to enhance employability.
Successful Improving Places bids include new paths and sustainable travel routes around Aboyne and Torphins, 3G all-weather sports pitches at Ellon and Inverurie, and a Pump Track at Peterhead.
Supporting Local Business initiatives include Aberdeenshire Council’s ‘Enterprising Aberdeenshire’ project which will provide locality-based advice and support to new and existing businesses across the area.
Employability and Local Skills Programmes will be carried out by Barnardo’s and North East Scotland College with ‘Multiply’ adult numeracy programmes delivered by The Workers Educational Association and Lead Scotland.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment across the UK by March 2025, aiming to provide a transition from European Community Funds from 2023.
Some of projects are as follows:
MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area) Project Stonehaven Recreation Grounds – £28,698
Aberdeenshire Food and Drink Innovation Fund pilot Opportunity North East – £328,884
Tourism Business Game Changer Alumni Programme Visit Aberdeenshire – £83,000
Enterprising Aberdeenshire Aberdeenshire Council – £498,667
Digital Support for Business Aberdeenshire Council – £125,350