Core UKSPF Implementation


Greater Manchester’s core UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) Investment Plan is built around eleven high-level interventions across the three Investment Priority areas of Communities and Place, Local Business and People and Skills. 

These eleven interventions were identified, after consultation with districts and other partners, as best placed to meet the local challenges and opportunities identified in Greater Manchester. 

Two of these eleven interventions will specifically focus on VCSE sector capacity; however GMCA will be working closely with Local Authorities and other stakeholders to ensure that the sector plays a significant role across all UKSPF investment.

In support of the Greater Manchester Strategy’s (external website) vision of being a greener, fairer, more prosperous city-region, the following cross-cutting priorities will also be reflected in UKSPF investment wherever possible:

  • contributing to Greater Manchester’s 2038 net zero ambitions, nature recovery, and supporting green growth
  • reducing inequalities
  • embedding social value
  • increasing digital inclusion (where applicable)

Implementation timetable

As the timeline for delivery is different for each Investment Priority, GMCA will be taking an incremental and tailored approach to implementation planning across each Investment Priority, while retaining coordination across the UKSPF programme as a whole.

Please see the individual drop down menus for more information on the implementation timelines for each of the eleven interventions.

Multiply

For information on implementation activity for Multiply, please visit the dedicated Multiply page. 

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Interventions selected for Greater Manchester

E1 – Funding for improvements to town centres and high streets, including better accessibility for disabled people, including capital spend and running costs.
£14.553m of the Greater Manchester UKSPF allocation from April 2022 to March 2025

E3 – Creation of and improvements to local green spaces, community gardens, watercourses and embankments, along with incorporating natural features into wider public spaces.
£5.39m of the Greater Manchester UKSPF allocation from April 2022 to March 2025

E6 – Support for local arts, cultural, heritage and creative activities.
£5.39m of the Greater Manchester UKSPF allocation from April 2022 to March 2025

Plan for implementation

  • Local Authorities will each receive a devolved grant allocation to allow them to manage this element of the GM UKSPF Investment Plan in accordance with local priorities and UKSPF eligibility.
  • Local Authorities have submitted a proposal for their allocation, with individual projects within that proposal up to each local authority to agree.
  • All Local Authority proposals have been approved by the UKSPF Local Partnership Board, with input from Greater Manchester MPs. They are due to be ratified by GMCA at the end of October.

Please note that all information above is subject to approval of the Greater Manchester UKSPF Investment Plan by UK Government.

Find out more

If you have any queries, please email ukspf@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk

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Intervention selected for Greater Manchester

E11 – Investment in capacity building and infrastructure support for local civil society and community groups.
£1,663,571 of the Greater Manchester UKSPF allocation from April 2022 to March 2025

Plan for implementation

GMCA recognises the critical importance of the voluntary and community sector in supporting and delivering the ambitions of the Greater Manchester Strategy (external website).

Within Greater Manchester this UKSPF Intervention aims to build capacity and infrastructure support for communities. It will be led by a partnership of local voluntary, community and social enterprise infrastructure organisations and specialist partners.

GMCA are proposing to develop a consistent framework with each locality identifying strengths, weaknesses and development needs for their local infrastructure.

Activity to improve support will be co-ordinated across Greater Manchester, with opportunities to collaborate and share good practice.

Strong partnership working across all ten districts in Greater Manchester will support the development of community activity – building on the work of the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester.

Please note that all information above is subject to approval of the Greater Manchester investment plan by UK Government.

Find out more

Any VCSE organisation wishing to find out more about this proposal should contact their local VCSE infrastructure organisation:

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Intervention selected in Greater Manchester

E22 – Enterprise infrastructure and employment / innovation sites.
£15m of the Greater Manchester UKSPF allocation from April 2022 to March 2025

A lack of suitable SME workspace across GM is as a result of a lack of supply, driven by the fact that such workspace is not financially viable without grant support. The SME Workspace Fund will address several of the challenges as set out in the UKSPF Greater Manchester Investment Plan and Greater Manchester Strategy (external website). Such workspace can be a catalyst for growth locations or town centre regeneration.

Plan for implementation

  • Funding has been ringfenced for applications from Local Authorities (alone or with partners) and will be managed by GMCA as a competitive process in Oct / Nov 2022.
  • This funding will sit separately to the individual grant allocations for Local Authorities under the E1, E3 and E6 Communities and Place interventions.
  • Activity will need to complement existing investment and should be focused in areas of regeneration priority e.g. town / city centres and / or growth locations.

Please note that all information above is subject to approval of the Greater Manchester UKSPF Investment Plan by UK Government.

Find out more

If you have any queries, please email ukspf@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk

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Interventions selected for Greater Manchester

E19 – Investment in research and development at the local level.
£5.775m of the Greater Manchester UKSPF allocation from April 2022 to March 2025

E23 – Strengthening local entrepreneurial ecosystems and supporting businesses at all stages of their development to start, sustain, grow and innovate, including through local networks.
£9.9m of the Greater Manchester UKSPF allocation from April 2022 to March 2025 (of which £500k has been ringfenced for April 2022 to March 2023 - see below for more details)

Plan for implementation

  • Funding for these two interventions will be prioritised to support the delivery of the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy and wider Greater Manchester Strategy (external website).
  • E19 will be allocated consistently with the work of the business-led Innovation Greater Manchester network and other innovation priorities.
  • E23 will be allocated to provide Greater Manchester-wide support for local businesses with specific tailoring and targeting relevant to local needs, ensuring there is the right balance between locally determined activity and activity at scale across Greater Manchester. Provision will add value to existing support, working in conjunction with the already established Greater Manchester Growth Hub.

  • £500k has been allocated for E23 delivery in 2022-23 to provide support for Greater Manchester businesses dealing with the increased cost of doing business over winter 2022-23.

  • Engagement with partners is taking place to establish the routes to market for provision in 2023-24 and 2024-25. 

  • Two market engagement opportunities for intervention E23 only are currently live and can be accessed via The Chest.

Please note that all information above is subject to approval of the Greater Manchester UKSPF Investment Plan by UK Government.

Find out more

If you have any queries, please email ukspf@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk

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Intervention selected in Greater Manchester

E26 – Growing the social economy 
£825k of the Greater Manchester UKSPF allocation from April 2023 to March 2025

Plan for implementation

  • Intervention E26 will be allocated to support community businesses, co-operatives and social businesses in line with the delivery of the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy and recommendations of the Greater Manchester Independent Inequalities Commission.
  • Engagement is taking place with Greater Manchester’s Social Enterprise Advisory Group and other partners on routes to market for the provision.

Please note that all information above is subject to approval of the Greater Manchester UKSPF Investment Plan by UK Government.

Find out more

If you have any queries, please email ukspf@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk

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Interventions selected for Greater Manchester (funding only available from April 2024)

E33 – Intensive and wrap-around one-to-one employment support for economically inactive people to move closer to mainstream provision and employment; including specialist life and basic skills (digital, English, maths, English for speakers of other languages) where not already provided locally.
£11m of the Greater Manchester UKSPF allocation from April 2024 to March 2025 

E34 – Skills courses for people unable to access training through support above or adult education budget – including basic skills (digital, English, Multiply maths, English for speakers of other languages), life skills and career skills – plus financial support for learners to attend and complete qualifications.
£4.4m of the Greater Manchester UKSPF allocation from April 2024 to March 2025 

E37 – Tailored support for people outside of mainstream provision, helping them into employment by addressing barriers to their accessing education and training.
£6.6m of the Greater Manchester UKSPF allocation from April 2024 to March 2025

Plan for implementation
As per the UKSPF prospectus, funding for People and Skills interventions starts in April 2024. The implementation plan for these is therefore being developed after those for the other investment priorities.

As part of this work, GMCA intends to conduct wide engagement with stakeholders from early 2023. This will help us to understand the challenges and opportunities for this investment priority, and ensure that commissioning is evidence-led, avoids duplication, and adds significant value for residents.

Future engagement activity will be shared via The Chest (external website), so organisations should make sure that they are registered and that their notifications are set up to receive emails regarding relevant opportunities.

Updates will also be sent via the UKSPF mailing list – email ukspf@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk if you would like to be added to this.

GMCA is unable to extend any ESF-funded contracts where it is not the contracting authority as we are not a party to these original contracts.

Other funding opportunities

  • Multiply (external website) is a new government-funded national programme to help adults aged 19+ who do not already have a Level 2 in Maths / Numeracy (or equivalent) to improve their numeracy skills. Funding for Multiply runs from 2022-23 to 2024-25 with delivery due to start in autumn / winter 2022. More information on Multiply implementation in Greater Manchester can be found on the dedicated Multiply webpage.
  • As we move into the next academic year of Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding in 2023-24, we will be looking to develop how this can enhance the Multiply scheme to provide a full essential life skills offer, i.e. not just maths, to include English and ICT skills and complement the existing AEB funded GM ESOL Advice Service.​

Accessing future funding opportunities
Admission to GMCA’s Education, Work and Skills Flexible Procurement System (FPS) does not guarantee funding but gives providers the opportunity to bid on pots of funding that they are eligible for. The FPS will open again for applications in Winter 2022. We understand that not all organisations are in a position or wish to be a lead provider via the FPS however, which is why GMCA encourages collaborative working, partnerships and supply chains in our commissioning activity wherever possible.

VCSE organisations
We recognise the critical importance of VCSE organisations in delivering employment and skills support to GM residents, especially those who are the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. We are therefore working with the sector to gather up-to-date evidence and data on which cohorts of people are and are not being supported so that we can make informed commissioning decisions based on the current landscape.

It's also the reason why we are keen to engage with VCSE organisations to help deliver key activity and provision as part of the Education, Skills and Work funding opportunities above, as it is clear that this sector is best placed to reach out to residents who could benefit from additional support.

Resident referrals
If you are an organisation looking to signpost residents for employment and skills support, there are a number of other ESF- and non ESF-funded employment and skills programmes that are currently still taking referrals for many different groups of people. Visit the Work and Skills page of the GMCA website or Employ GM (external website) for more details.

Find out more
If you have any queries, please email ukspf@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk

Mailing list

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Please note that all information above is subject to approval of the Greater Manchester UKSPF Investment Plan by UK Government.