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Decision details

UK Shared Prosperity Fund - Sustainable Cultural and Community Facilities

Decision Maker: Economic Development and Skills Policy Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved



The report sought approval from the Economic Development and Skills Policy Committee of the proposals for the use of £2.2m the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) to improve the energy performance of community and cultural buildings within Sheffield.



RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That the Economic Development and Skills Policy Committee approve that:-



1.    £2.2m UKSPF capital funding is used to provide grants to improve the energy efficiency performance of buildings used primarily in the cultural and community sectors; and


2.    the draft eligibility criteria and grants levels are progressed as part of the detailed funding application to SYMCA.


3.    the eligibility criteria could include energy efficiency grants where the purpose of the facility is to enable low carbon skills training.




Reasons for Decision




The underlying benefit that this proposal brings to secure external funding to deliver a programme of activity in Sheffield that will cover:


- Addressing the Cost-of-Living crisis

- Support the community sector

- Support to the cultural and visitor economy

- Improvements to the built environment and reduce carbon emissions.




The estimated value of support from SPF to Sheffield is a minimum £2.2m over two years with an expectation of additional private and public match funding.




Alternatives Considered and Rejected




A do-nothing option would require an alternative capital project to be developed. The proposal as developed specifically looks to address immediate financial pressures faced by organisations in the community and culture sectors as well as having carbon benefits.




Alternative proposals for capital investments in the community sector would bring benefits but would have less alignment with the themes developed in the SY SPF Investment Plan and might not be supported by SYMCA.


Publication date: 20/01/2023

Date of decision: 18/01/2023

Decided at meeting: 18/01/2023 - Economic Development and Skills Policy Committee

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