Decision details

To allocate the 3rd year UK Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF) climate funding (total budget £87,944)

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member Climate Emergency

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To allocate the 3rd year UK SPF climate funding (a total budget of £87,944) to the following projects:




Retrofit engagement officer role


£25k to match fund £20k from South West Energy Hub as one of x3 retrofit coordinator roles (others for Forest of Dean & Cotswolds).

Retrofit supply chain engagement / market stimulation work


Exploring options around supply chain & skills /market across two partners (Business West & People Powered Retrofit - £10k contract each).

10 x Home energy assessments to add value to the UKSPF Future Fit Homes project


To allow more homeowners in the project access to full home energy reports.

Home energy improvement grants


To add value to Project - Offering homeowners a grant of up to £1000 towards retrofitting their properties. To support meeting project targets

Annual software license


To support adaptation piece of work

Zellar licenses


For 2024/25 – Cheltenham Zero project

School Changemaker Grants


Grants to support Cheltenham secondary schools to partake in the Sept 2024-July 2025 sustainability engagement program

Contribution to design code work


If this cannot be progressed due to resource constraints, to be used for the Tree Strategy 

Total cost


Budget (£87,973)


Reasons for the decision:

Cllr Dobie has had in depth discussions with the Climate Team about the most appropriate use of the funds to both add value to existing work, and to provide seed funding for new projects.

Cllr Dobie is in agreement with the suggestions proposed.

Helen Mole – as lead monitoring officer for the UKSPF grant funding, has confirmed that the spend is appropriate and meets the grant fund guidelines.

Funding needed to be allocated as soon as possible as all spend must be completed before the end of March 2025.


Alternative options considered:

None considered - We have a funding agreement which commits us to spend the UKSPF funds by the end of March 2025.


Other reasons / organisations consulted



No formal consultation but have undertaken internal conversations and discussions with Helen Mole (as lead monitoring officer for the UKSPF grants), the flooding and climate team (to identify key projects), the lead member for climate, and local community partners to identify where the funds would add most value.


Contact: Louise Forey Email: [email protected].

Publication date: 09/07/2024

Date of decision: 09/07/2024

Effective from: 16/07/2024