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New: High Peak Innovation Community Infrastructure grant

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Grants are available to registered voluntary and/or community organisations, town and parish councils in the High Peak.  The grants can help with capacity building and infrastructure support and is mainly capital funding.

The objective of this grant is to strengthen social fabric and foster a sense of local pride and belonging.  Activities should enhance physical, cultural and social ties and amenities, such as community infrastructure. You should also consider how the funding also contribute to the UK Government’s net zero and nature recovery objectives and the High Peak Borough Council Climate Change Action Plan.

The funding may be used to fund community spaces, such as village halls, libraries or community centres for local civil society and community groups to use.

The expected deliverables from this grant will include:

  • An increase in number of individuals engaged in the local area / activity.
  • Improved perception of facilities/amenities/accessibility.
  • Increased users of facilities or amenities.
  • Improved perceived/experienced accessibility.

Evidence must be provided that the activity supported will be additional to previously delivered work / activity.

Minimum grant = £2,000 (project cost at least £2,500). Maximum grant award per organisation = £40,000 (project cost at least £50,000).

The maximum grant rate is 80% which means that organisations must find 20% of the cost to fund the project.

The total funding available through this programme available for the High Peak area is £15,451 for revenue items and £220,000 for capital projects.

Applicants will be expected to work with Enterprise Support Alliance who have been appointed to assist enterprises with their business plans and advise on grant applications both to this fund and wider national funding. For support please email – enquiries@enterprisesupportalliance.com

Grants will be funded from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and/or the Rural England Prosperity Fund – eligible items may include:

Capital items – lasting assets such as a building improvements or equipment.  Grants will be awarded for assets such as a building or equipment which are expected to be used for a period of at least one year. This may include enhancements to existing assets which:

  • Significantly lengthen the life of the asset.
  • Significantly increase the value of the asset.
  • Significantly increase usefulness of the asset.
  • It will not include minor repairs and routine maintenance.
  • Labour costs can only be funded if they are contributing directly to creating the assets e.g. builders, IT developers.
  • Architect’s fees of up to 10% and VAT may be added to the costs of eligible works provided that the professional also supervises the works on site.

A limited amount is available for revenue items, such as IT systems, marketing, consultancy.

All successful project applicants must have completed their project, spent and claimed all of the grant by 31st January 2025, at the latest.

Applicants will be paid in arrears for the work on completion.

Applications are now open and will remain open until 31/3/2024 or until the funding is depleted. Applications will be accepted for work in the financial year 2023/24 and for work in the financial year 2024/25 to 31/01/2025.

For further information please contact UKSPF@highpeak.gov.uk

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