Decision details

UK Shared Prosperity Fund award to support feasibility and development work at Whitby Fish Quay

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Community Development

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To award £100,000 of UK Shared Prosperity Funds towards the staging of the Scarborough Lights Festival in 2024.

Reasons for the decision:

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Rural England Prosperity are awarded by the Government to North Yorkshire Council for the purposes of community and economic development. The primary goal of the UKSPF is to build pride in place and increase life chances across the UK.

Grants are awarded through a competitive process of application and appraisal according to criteria set out by the Council’s Constitution. The decision to approve a grant is made by an independent panel through a transparent audited process.

This funding is used to support the Scarborough Lights Festival to deliver the goals of the Towns Fund in Scarborough, increase footfall, support the night time economy and build civic pride and engagement in Scarborough.

Alternative options considered:

Grant giving has been selected as the method for distributing funds from the UKSPF for projects which support the aspirations of the fund in Building Pride in our Places. This approach is considered to be the most efficient in providing funding directly to local organisations and communities. This is a competitive grant fund and other projects are also able to apply for and receive funding. As such the decision is made by an independent appraisal panel according to agreed criteria which determine if a grant should be awarded or not.

Publication date: 08/02/2024

Date of decision: 18/01/2024