Rishi Sunak’s £4.8bn ‘levelling-up’ UK fund met with scepticism

The Guardian:

The government will launch a “levelling-up fund” for England worth £4bn to support towns and communities with regeneration projects, Rishi Sunak has said.

The chancellor used his spending review statement to announce details of the new funding package as part of Boris Johnson’s election promise to boost the economic prosperity of areas outside London and the south-east of England. Alongside the £4bn for England, there will be funding worth £800m for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Spending review: £220m for UK Shared Prosperity Fund pilots

Local Government Chronicle:

The chancellor has announced that £220m will be allocated in 2021-22 to help local areas prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UKSPF will replace European Union structural funding following the UK’s departure from the EU. The withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU keeps structural funding until the end of 2020, after which funding that has already been agreed will continue to be paid, but no more applications for funding can be made.

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The Charity Governance Awards

Deadline is 25th January 2020

The Charity Governance Awards is an exciting not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance and trusteeship in charities across the UK

The Charity Governance Awards are open to any charity registered in the UK; entries are free and can be submit online, and accepted between November and January each year.

The winner of each category will receive a £5,000 unrestricted grant as a prize. Runners-up will receive cash prizes for the first time (£1,000 each), and all shortlisted charities will be offered a paid one-year membership to the Association of Chairs for their board as well as a complimentary place on a Cause4 Trustee Leadership Programme for a new trustee.

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National Academy for Social Prescribing: Thriving Communities

Deadline 8th January 2021

Thriving Communities is a new national support programme for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups, supporting communities impacted by COVID19 in England, working alongside social prescribing link workers.

Thriving Communities Fund

Applications can be led by voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations working in any of the following sectors:

  • Arts, and culture, including libraries, museums and heritage
  • Sport, leisure and physical activity organisations
  • Financial wellbeing, advice, food and practical support
  • Environment and nature-based organisations
  • Non-statutory health and care organisations, working with social prescribing link workers

The application portal, on the Arts Council England website, will open for applications on Monday 23 November 2020. Applications must be submitted by 12pm (midday), Friday 8 January 2021.

For more information please visit the Art Council England here.

Sport England: Winter Survival Package of £300m for major spectator sports

Sport England will be administering the money via a solicited fund that’s aimed at supporting sports who’ve been affected by the ban on spectators in recent months.

The government package is providing support to, among others, rugby union, horse racing, netball, basketball and badminton, as well as the lower tiers of football’s National League – a preliminary breakdown of the funding distribution proposed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) can be found on the following website here.