UK Shared Prosperity Fund

October 2022 update

Following the submission of the Regional Investment Plan in August 2022, Denbighshire along with the other five North Wales authorities is awaiting feedback from the UK Government. We are working with colleagues across the region to develop the application process and hope to begin to invite applications later in the year.

Meanwhile, if you have any queries please email sharedprosperityfund@denbighshire.gov.uk

August 2022 update

August 2022 update

Thank you to all partners who fed into the development of the Denbighshire element of the Regional Investment Plan for Shared Prosperity Funding.

North Wales Local Authorities worked together in a staged approach to pull together a regional plan for submission on 1 August. This was at a very high level and designed to simply unlock the allocations for each Local Authority. Gwynedd Council is leading on the North Wales Plan on behalf of the six authorities.

The main focus of the Regional Investment Plan did not go further than selection of "interventions". The interventions spread across the 3 pillars (People & Skills, Supporting Local Business, and Communities & Place) effectively describe the scope of eligible activity.

Through stakeholder engagement, we were able to determine that there is enough need/interest in Denbighshire to include 29 interventions in our thinking, and this is reflected in the drafting of the Regional Plan

Denbighshire, like the other Local Authorities in the region, has not asked for formal funding requests or Expressions of Interests at this time (as they have done in other parts of Wales) but have welcomed feedback on the types of local activity that align with the UK Govt Interventions.

Ideas would ultimately need to demonstrate how they can deliver the outputs and outcomes required in Denbighshire (and show strategic alignment with documents such as the Council's Corporate Plan). They will be shared with an Advisory Partnership Board, membership of which is mandated by UK Govt, who will make recommendations to the Council for investment. The Governance process for this is in development, and we will update this page and share more information once this is developed.

Meanwhile, if you have any queries please email sharedprosperityfund@denbighshire.gov.uk


On 13 April 2022, the UK Government published more detail about how the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) will work (external website). This replaces funding which the council originally received from Europe.

Denbighshire County Council has been allocated a total of £25.6 million to invest over three years. This is broken down into £21.2 million of core funding and £4.4 million for the national 'Multiply' programme.

We now have the opportunity to accelerate our plans for the fund, and build on our emerging Corporate Plan themes. We will develop an investment plan to deliver fair employment and good work for all, and create and develop sustainable places and communities that we can be proud of.

The investment plan will be submitted to government by 1 August 2022.

The plan will take account of the three themes of the fund as set out by Government:

  • Communities and place
  • Local businesses
  • People and skills

In developing the plan, we will be mindful of the fund's objectives set by government:

  • Boost productivity, pay, jobs and living standards
  • Spread opportunities and improve public services
  • Restore a sense of community, local pride and belonging
  • Empower local leaders and communities

To develop our local investment plan, we will work in partnership with councillors, MPs and local stakeholders including businesses and residents.

Wider region

The investment plan - whilst written at a Denbighshire delivery level - will also be aligned with a regional investment plan to show how we are working with neighbouring authorities - Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Flintshire and Wrexham - to share learning and best practise and identify areas for collaboration where greater benefits for residents may be delivered better across a wider geography.

Briefing and consultation

For each priority there are a collection of interventions (external website). Any projects we design together must ‘fit’ under at least one of these interventions, and we’ll be happy to discuss further with you. Likewise, for each intervention there is a suite of outputs (external website) that will need to be captured.

Spend for the programme is 15% year 1, 27% year 2 and 58% year three. This means we’ll be looking for ideas for spend that are ‘ready to go’ for year 1. We can spend some of year 1 also developing plans for delivery in years 2 and 3.

We need to submit plans to the UK Government by 1 August 2022, therefore we’d like to have developed ideas for year 1 by Friday 24 June 2022.