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UK Shared Prosperity Fund - Neath Port Talbot Grant Schemes

Neath Port Talbot Council has developed a range of grant schemes to build on our local challenges, strengths, needs and opportunities to ensure that all areas of our communities can access UK Shared Prosperity Fund to build pride in place and increase life chances.

The grant schemes have been developed to complement the Neath Port Talbot strategic anchor projects and other funding programmes e.g. Levelling Up Fund, City Deal.

Each grant scheme has specific eligibility criteria. Applicants should refer to the particular grant scheme guidance before applying.

Neath Port Talbot Grant Schemes

Total fund: £2.1m

Heritage, Culture and Tourism Strategic Interventions

Offering up to 100% capital funding to public sector partners to deliver priority capital projects between £150,001 (minimum) and £250,000 (maximum).

Heritage, Culture and Tourism Small Scale Interventions

Offering up to 100% capital and/or revenue funding to public and third sector constituted groups between £5,000 (minimum) and 150,000 (maximum).

Heritage & Cultural Events

Revenue funding offering 100% of eligible expenditure up to £10,000 (maximum) relating to marketing, equipment and community participation at community and strategically important events within the county.

Aim of the fund

The aim of the Heritage, Culture, Tourism & Events Fund for public, private and voluntary sector partners to deliver priority heritage, culture and tourism projects and initiatives across Neath Port Talbot as identified in the Neath Port Talbot Council Corporate Plan.

It is recognised that large and small-scale events have a key role to play in enabling residents and visitors to come into contact with Neath Port Talbot’s distinct culture and heritage and play a key role in attracting visitors to the area. Therefore the Fund will also be accessible to event organisers in the public, private and voluntary sectors for events which align with the Neath Port Talbot place brand.


The Fund will focus on the following priorities;

  1. Restoration, conservation and acquisition of listed and historically important structures within the county. Widening access and accessibility of locations, attractions and structures which enable residents and visitors to interact with the heritage and culture of Neath Port Talbot.
  2. Enhancing and interpreting sites, trails and attractions of heritage and cultural interest to develop the understanding and appeal of the location/ site/ structure among residents and visitors. (All interpretation must be developed bilingually).
  3. Supporting volunteer, third sector and public organisations to strengthen participation in heritage and cultural activities in addition to initiatives to secure the future resilience of volunteer led organisation within the heritage and culture sectors.
  4. Supporting the delivery of infrastructure improvements on the ground which will strengthen the overall appeal of Neath Port Talbot as a sustainable visitor destination and encourage additional overnight stays within the area.
  5. Marketing activities which widen awareness of the heritage, culture and natural environment of Neath Port Talbot to local residents. Proposals must be for specific sites, locations or product only and should not relate to overarching destination marketing activities. All sites promoted must be accessible to the public.
  6. Undertaking feasibility studies to establish the business case for delivering specific investments or initiatives link to heritage, culture, tourism and events within the county.
  7. Creating a wide ranging portfolio of large and small scale events and festivals which highlight the importance of, and support the future growth of, local heritage, culture and environmental understanding within Neath Port Talbot and encourage overnight stays within the county.

Application information

To discuss your proposed project and request an application form please email

Application deadlines

The funding panel will meet monthly, the project team will be able to advise on relevant deadlines.

The £2.8m Business Investment and Start Up Grants form part of Neath Port Talbot Council’s delivery of its allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Business Investment Grant

Minimum grant award


Maximum grant award


Aim of the fund

Neath Port Talbot CBC sees investment in new business start-ups, the development of existing businesses and the attraction of inward investors as critical to supporting local communities and the economy.

Investment in the development of local businesses is essential to ensuring the long-term sustainability of any venture, through building resilience, capacity, increasing productivity, improving skills and developing their flexibility to respond to the changing needs of the wider economy. Further, there is the need for investments that reduce businesses impact on the environment.

With such investment, Neath Port Talbot cultivates a more dynamic, innovative, greener and versatile economy, with a skilled and flexible workforce that is able to withstand the challenges that face the global economy over time.

Discretionary grants of between £500 and £50,000 are available, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Business Start Up Grant

Maximum grant award


Aim of the fund

The funding provided under the programme is to assist new start-up businesses to become established and to provide full time or part time employment for the applicant.

Applicants may claim up to £5,000 to help with start-up costs. This will be match funded at

  • 100% for up to £2,000,
  • 50% for between £2,000-£5,000.

Funds are discretionary. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis after assessing the grant eligibility criteria and the benefits of the grant to the business.

Application information

There is a two stage online application process:

  1. Expression of Interest
  2. Application

To discuss your proposed project please email

Application deadlines

Round 1 launching soon.

Applying for Grant Schemes

Please see individual grants for application details.
  • Applicants should initially ensure that their proposed activities do not duplicate the Anchor Projects or Stand Alone projects.
  • Applicants will need to complete the relevant grant Application Form using the associated Guidance.
  • Please specify in the email subject header to which grant scheme you are applying.
  • You will receive email confirmation of receipt of your application.
  • Applications will be assessed and applicants will be contacted for further details/clarification if necessary.
  • Successful applicants will be notified of the funding decision via email.
  • Funding Agreements will be issued including conditions of grant award.

The following documents are available to support the application process:

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