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  • UKSPF Multiply funding to improve numeracy skills

    Created: 31/10/2022, Updated: 05/06/2023
    News/Events Category: Funding and Finance

    Multiply is a ring-fenced element of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) with up to £559m targeted across the UK at improving the functional numeracy skills of adults through personal tutoring, digital training, and flexible courses.  The target client group is people aged 19+ who are out of work or who are in education or work but are struggling to progress due to numeracy related challenges.

    This funding will establish and consolidate a ‘numeracy pathway’ which ensures a range of support is available from confidence building to gaining numeracy-related qualifications relevant to work.

    The next funding application round has now opened.

    Projects can apply for 18 months of delivery.


    Funding and Application

    This application round for Multiply funding in Fife will initially be available for project delivery from October 2023 to March 2024. There will be an opportunity to apply for continuation or additional funding for a further 12 months (April 2024 to March 2025) depending on delivery and outcomes.

    An indicative allocation of £300,000 is available through this grants process, partitioned by financial year as below:

    • £150K to be allocated for projects running from October 2023 to March 2024
    • £150K to be allocated for projects running from April 2024 to March 2025

    It is expected that the average grant awarded will be around £40,000, but applications for higher amounts are welcomed if they can evidence the need and ability to achieve Multiply outcomes.

    It is anticipated that a large proportion of project costs will relate to staffing to deliver training and support activities for beneficiaries. These should be new staff roles within your organisation or additional hours for existing staff.

    Multiply funding in Fife will be attributed across 5 key interventions:

    • S42 - Courses designed to increase confidence with numbers
    • S43 - Courses for parents wanting to increase numeracy skills
    • S45 - Courses aimed at encouraging people to upskill to access jobs/careers
    • S47 - Innovative programmes delivered with employers
    • S51 - Provision developed in partnership with community organisations

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