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Community Levelling Up Programme

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The Community Levelling Up Programme (CLUP) supports community-level investment plans for Good Growth across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The primary goals of the programme are to put communities at the heart of delivery, to tackle deprivation and level up communities.

  • Year 1 (2022): Total amount available £1.7m (allocated)
  • Years 2 and 3 (2023-25): Total amount available £7.6m (open for applications)

Minimum Award: £5,000

Maximum Award: £200,000

The CLUP Programme is now closed to new applications

CLUP Facilitators

We have a team of Facilitators who can offer advice and support on the application process.

Please check the Community Area Partnerships Parishes map to see which facilitator to contact for assistance.

James Thomas - North Cornwall / 07538 259572

  • North Cornwall
  • Camel Valley
  • Saints Coast

Alan Pottinger - South and East Cornwall / 07944230968

  • South East Cornwall
  • Cornwall South (Kemeneth Kernow Soth)
  • Tamar to Moor

Ella Rodwell - West Cornwall / 07709717601

  • Penwith
  • South Kerrier
  • Falmouth and Penryn

Catherine Collier - Mid Cornwall / 07709717608

  • Roseland and Truro
  • China Clay area and Luxulyan
  • North Kerrier and East Penwith

Eunice Walshe – Isles of Scilly

What CLUP can fund:

Funding is available to enable locally based projects to tackle deprivation and to level up communities across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. This includes:

  • Refurbishing, re-purposing, renovating or creating new buildings on high streets and within neighbourhoods to increase economic activity and pride in place
  • New, or improvements to existing, community and neighbourhood infrastructure
  • Projects that deliver improved public spaces and economic regeneration
  • Engagement schemes to support community involvement in decision making in local regeneration
  • Capital investment (equipment / infrastructure) and revenue investment (salaries / contracting)
  • Projects that make places more accessible and/or more resilient to natural hazards.

CLUP cannot fund projects that:

  • Don’t have approved planning permission when required
  • Create competition with similar organisations / businesses in their local area
  • Can’t deliver by December 2024
  • Are not legally constituted or not able to contract with Cornwall Council
  • Relate to running costs of an organisation
  • Relate to statutory delivery for schools
  • Don’t have a positive impact on community. For example solely fixing a roof / installing solar panel / fixing kitchen. (Any funding for purely ‘business as usual’ investment won’t be eligible). These elements can be eligible - only if they add value to the existing offer and support levelling up communities.
  • Don’t have match funding in place - if relevant

Priority will be given to projects that:

  1. Are an excellent fit with their local strategies. Make sure you read the relevant CAP Local Prioritisation Framework before applying
  2. Deliver a significant level of outputs and outcomes 
  3. Have a long term and positive impact on community
  4. Support the wider principles driving Good Growth and Shared Prosperity Fund 
  5. Bring some match funding (not mandatory but recommended when possible)


Projects should achieve at least one of the following outputs:

  • Amount of public realm created (m2)
  • Improved perception of facilities / amenities
  • Number of neighbourhood improvements undertaken
  • Improved perception of facility / infrastructure project
  • Improved engagement numbers

Note that for the 2 ‘perception improvement’ outcomes, projects must develop a method to capture some clear baseline information at the beginning of the project. This is to ensure the final survey is meaningful. More information is available in the outcome definition document.

The more outputs a project can deliver, the more likely it is to be a priority investment. However, please ensure that you remain realistic as this will form part of your legal contract with Cornwall Council.

This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Cornwall Council is managing the delivery of the Shared Prosperity Fund on behalf of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda.  It provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK.  It invests in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

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