Decision details

Economic Recovery Fund Round 2 - Scoring Outcome

Decision status: Recommendations Approved




This report provides an overview of progress to deliver the second round of the Economic Recovery Fund (ERF) now that the application and scoring phases are complete. The report lists the outcomes of the scoring process for all applications and provides information about the geographical spread and make-up of the areas that applied for funding. The report marks the point at which ERF moves from the application and scoring phases into the contracting phase, which will enable successful projects to start delivering improvements and activities in their areas.






RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That Finance Committee:-






1.     Approves Sheffield City Council (“SCC”) to allocate funding to areas offered over £50,000 (up to £200,000) and, subject to due diligence and other checks being undertaken to the satisfaction of the Director of Economic Development, Culture and Skills, for SCC to enter into a funding agreement with an appropriate lead organisation for each of the areas listed in the table below:


Project Area

Funding Offer (final figures TBC)





Harborough Avenue


Heeley & Newfield Greens


London Road


Northern Avenue


Spital Hill







2.     Notes the areas listed in the table below have been allocated funding of up to £50,000 under the general delegation to officers, subject to due diligence and other checks being satisfied:


Project Area

Funding Offer (final figures TBC)



Banner Cross








Firth Park








Infirmary Road















Reasons for Decision







The nature of ERF means that the projects that have been allocated funding have been through a rigorous process, both during the development of the applications and in scoring.  The ERF Steering Group are collectively supportive of the outcomes of this process and in the recommendations presented here. 






The successful projects have been informed of the outcome in principle and are awaiting Committee approval in order to move forward.  Delaying or changing these recommendations may have an impact on the Council’s reputation in these areas and would impact on the delivery of the intended outcomes of the ERF.  






The recommendations here allow the Council to continue its work to engage with and empower local businesses and high streets and support their recovery following the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent cost of living crisis.






The intended outcome is to have a programme that meets the ERF objectives through the successful delivery of the proposals in these 23 projects as well as the Council’s Delivery Plan objectives.






Alternatives Considered and Rejected








As noted, a range of options for delivering ERF2 were considered over summer and autumn 2022.  Several alternative ways of delivering the second round of funding were considered as part of this process and proposals were made in relation to changing and improving the second round of funding.  These were approved by the EDSP Committee at its meeting on 19th October 2022.  This approach has subsequently been enacted so the proposals here are the outcome of an agreed process. 









Because the Fund was oversubscribed, Steering Group had to look at ways of managing that and ensuring funding offers were within the available budget and made in a fair way (as described in appendix 1). 





Alternatives to that included the following, but the agreed approach was felt by the Steering Group to be a balanced, individualised and fair way of dealing with the budget pressure that took into account the specific elements within each project and strengths and weaknesses.  It was felt that any blanket measures would cut across these nuances and lead to outcomes unreflective of their scoring judgements.




Why rejected

Making a blanket cut to all projects that passed scoring

To reduce the overall funding ask to keep within the budget

Projects had different strengths and weaknesses and this tactic felt unfair and arbitrary to the Steering Group

Raising threshold at which projects would have passed

To reduce the number of projects that would receive funding

Project that passed scoring not receiving funding – Steering Group wanted to maximise the number of areas that could benefit from the Fund

To remove specific types of activity from all budgets

To reduce the overall funding ask and limit specific activity

This would have potentially been applied unequally across projects, depending on whether they had included the activity in their proposals or not



Publication date: 13/09/2023

Date of decision: 11/09/2023

Decided at meeting: 11/09/2023 - Finance Committee

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