UK Shared Prosperity Fund

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is part 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
  • People and Skills

Bedford Borough has been allocated £2,296,175 of funding, which will be used for local projects across the themes:

Communities and Place

strengthening social fabric and community connections through investment in local infrastructure and community-led projects, as well as building the foundations for localised economic development.

Supporting Local Business

Investment to support the development and growth of local businesses and stimulate innovation and collaboration between businesses and partners within and across sectors.

People and Skills

Investing in the core skills provision to meet local needs and supporting people to progress into work, including those who are disadvantaged or furthest from the labour market.

Information on UKSPF projects will be shared as they are developed and delivered across the Borough.

Cultural grants - programme of festive events

Calling all musicians, poets, choirs, bands, singers, dancers, actors, performers and storytellers. Do you have a festive performance that you would love to showcase to your community?

This December Bedford Borough Council will have a performance space in Harpur Square in Bedford and the Saxon Centre Square in Kempston. 

To apply for the opportunity to perform and to receive a small grant to cover eligible costs, please complete the programme of festive events application form (Word) and return it to

Rural England Prosperity Fund

In addition, Bedford Borough Council has been successful in securing £552,352 from the Rural England Prosperity Funding (REPF). This funding is a top-up to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, to support activities that specifically address the particular challenges faced by rural areas.

The Fund will be used to provide grants to provide capital funding to:

  • Support new and existing rural businesses to develop new products and facilities that will be of wider benefit to the local economy. This includes farm businesses looking to diversify income streams.
  • Support new and improved community infrastructure, providing essential community services and assets for local people and businesses to benefit the local economy.

The REPF grants opened in September 2023. See our Rural England Prosperity Fund webpage for applications forms and further details.

More information about the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Rural England Prosperity Fund can be found on GOV.UK.

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