• Progress so far – the impact of UKSPF in Edinburgh

    23 May 2024

    Written by Georgina Bowyer, UKSPF Grants Manager

    A report published today marks the beginning of the third year of UKSPF in Edinburgh.  As the final year of this three-year funding programme begins, we are pleased to share a report of the impact so far, including some key statistics and case studies.


    Trees Planted


    Individuals supported across the programme


    Businesses Receiving Support


    Volunteering Opportunities Supported


    Neighbourhood Improvements undertaken


    Households Receiving Support with food, welfare advice or energy efficency

    You can access the report here PDF, 19 pages) UK Shared Prosperity Fund Edinburgh Progress Review.

    UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda. Between 2022 and 2025, it is providing over £2.6 billion of funding for local investment across the country, and £12.3 million to fund projects within the City of Edinburgh.  As we approach the final year of this funding round, the team has begun to see some fantastic examples of impact.

    The majority of the work is being led and delivered by third-sector organisations, often those who are place-based and who deeply understand the needs of specific communities within Edinburgh. This is complemented by projects delivered by internal council teams, including new marketing campaigns for the city offering special events and discounts to residents, aiming to ensure that local people can benefit from the extensive tourist offering (see the Residents Rewards site ).  Funds are also delivering boosts to business including support and start-up grants available through Business Gateway and new programmes run by Codebase which enable and encourage new technology businesses to emerge.

    In the third year of the programme, we expect to see further impact, firstly in the continuation of services which support thousands of people across the city in terms of food, welfare advice and employability support.  Additionally, several new significant outcomes will be achieved including the completion of a new education and youth work space at Spartans Community Foundation and the launch of a new grant fund for individuals by Turn 2 Us.

    You can read more about the impact of UKSPF in Edinburgh and what’s to come in the Progress Review (PDF, 19 pages) UK Shared Prosperity Fund Edinburgh Progress Review.



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