Decision Maker: Deputy Chief Executive - Growth
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Decision to undertake separate awards to
successful applicants in Round Two of the UK Shared
Prosperity/Rural Prosperity Fund Programme. Specifically
-Lincolnshire Community Foundation – Supporting Social Enterprise (£28,178)
A project to provide support to the development of social enterprises in the district (through a dedicated advisor), with a particular focus on securing third party funding to enable start-ups in this area.
-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce – SEL to the World, International Trade project (£49,906).
A project to support local businesses in exporting, as well as to increase and diversify the international trade they may already undertake.
As part of HMG’s Levelling Up Agenda and
in line with the commitments made by South Holland District in the
UKSPF Prospectus and Investment Plan, we have committed to invest
in high-impact projects across three core themes:
Communities and place - Supporting community groups and investment in community facilities; enhancing the cultural and heritage offer; widening the use of community buildings; initiatives to help support our town centres.
Supporting local business - Helping local businesses invest for future growth; growing the food processing, horticulture and logistics sector; encouraging new businesses to establish; helping the local social and community enterprises to innovate and grow.
People and skills - Developing skills and employment opportunities within the fresh food, food processing and logistics sectors; creating new training hubs; supporting local residents with skills and access to employment.
These allocations principally meet the objectives that we have committed to under the Communities and Place and Supporting Local Businesses Themes and with the projects passing a rigorous assessment process, we are confident that they can deliver the outcomes expected from the Programme quickly and substantively. This has been the basis of the decision.
These funds were allocated on a competitive
basis, based on the second round of submitted EoIs to the UK Shared
Prosperity and Rural Prosperity Fund. The alternative would be to
not award the funding, which would bring severe reputational risk
to the Council both with the public and the Department for
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
Conflict of Interest: None to declare
Equalities Issues: None arising – The implementation of these projects should assist the Council with regard to supporting individuals with Protected Characteristics as defined by the 2010 Equalities Act. Specifically, due regard has also been paid to EDI in the EoI assessment process, with strong credentials in relation to EDI benefiting EoIs submitted.
Publication date: 09/06/2023
Date of decision: 09/06/2023