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UK Shared Prosperity Fund Neath Port Talbot, Multiply Open Call - Round 2

Closing date for applications: Friday 13th October 2023, midday.

Information about the Fund

Multiply is new programme to help transform the lives of adults across the UK.

The aim is to improve functional numeracy skills of adults aged 19+ through free:

  • personal tutoring
  • digital training
  • flexible courses

Multiply provision can boost people’s ability to:

  • use maths in their daily life, at home and work
  • help adults to achieve formal qualifications, up to and including Level 2 Maths
  • add value and not duplicate existing provision

Applications will meet local needs and align to the Investment Plan.

Please note: All qualifications and courses to be completed by 24th December 2024.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be:

  • aged 19 or older on 31 August of the funding year
  • without a Level 2 or higher maths qualification

Qualifying criteria

There is £1m budget available for Round 2 applications.

The Multiply open call is looking to attract stand-alone or collaborative applications that address the following key areas:

Learn practical strategies to make your money go further. For example:

  • energy
  • broadband
  • phone contracts
  • insurances

and more.

Providing necessary skills to progress in self-employment, to acquire the financial know-how to keep your business on track. For example:

  • taxation requirements for self-employment
  • online banking
  • spreadsheets
  • basic formulas
  • accounting software apps
  • understanding VAT
  • HMRC regulations

Providing support to third sector organisations. For example:

  • gardening project with maths
  • healthy eating (counting calories, weighing ingredients)

A free on-line portal to upskill employed people.

Providing support to care leavers.

Providing support to prison leavers.

Engaging with activities for:

  • long term unemployed
  • economically inactive
  • work limited health conditions
  • BAME
  • refugees
  • LGBTQ+
  • homelessness
  • first time home owners/renters

Multiply interventions

 Applications will need to align to one or more of the following interventions:

  • W44: Courses designed to increase confidence with numbers for those needing the first steps towards formal qualifications.
  • W46: Courses aimed at prisoners, those recently released from prison or on temporary licence.
  • W47: Courses aimed at people who can’t apply for certain jobs because of lack of numeracy skills and/or to encourage people to upskill in order to access a certain job/career.
  • W48: Additional relevant maths modules embedded into other vocational courses.
  • W49: Innovative programmes delivered together with employers – including courses designed to cover specific numeracy skills required in the workplace.
  • W50: New intensive and flexible courses targeted at people without Level 2 maths in Wales, leading to an equivalent qualification (for more information on equivalent qualifications, please see Qualifications can cross boundaries(PDF, 974KB)).
  • W51: Courses designed to help people use numeracy to manage their money.
  • W52: Courses aimed at over 19s that are leaving, or have just left, the care system
  • W53: Activities, courses or provision developed in partnership with community organisations and other partners aimed at engaging the hardest to reach learners – for example, those not in the labour market or other groups identified locally as in need.

Multiply outputs

 Applications will need to deliver against one or more of the Multiply outputs:

  • number of:
    • adult numeracy courses run in a local area through Multiply
    • different cohorts participating in numeracy courses (e.g. learners in prison, parents)
    • courses developed in collaboration with employers
    • people referred from partners onto upskill courses
  • people supported:
    • to engage in life skills
    • to access basic skills
    • to gain qualification
    • into a course through providing financial support
  • number of people:
    • participating in Multiply funded courses
    • achieving a qualification
    • participating in Multiply funded courses

Multiply outcomes

 Applications will need to deliver against one or more of the Multiply outcomes:

  • increased number of people:
    • with basic skills
    • gaining qualifications, licences and skills
    • engaged in life skills support following interventions
  • increased number of adults:
    • achieving maths qualifications up to and including level 2 equivalents
    • participation in maths qualifications and courses up to and including level 2 equivalents
    • Numeracy
  • improved:
    • labour market outcomes


  • Applicants should initially ensure that their proposed activities do not duplicate the Anchor Projects or grant schemes
  • UKSPF project interventions will have to align to the regional Investment Plan 
  • All applicants will need to complete the Neath Port Talbot UKSPF Application Form and Annex A using the Application Guidance 
  • Completed Application Forms with Annex A and any supporting information to be sent via email to by the closing date
  • Please specify in the email subject header to which open call area you are applying (Strategic Projects / Skills / Multiply)
  • You will receive confirmation of receipt of your application by the Strategic Funding Programme Team by email
  • The Neath Port Talbot UKSPF Team will assess applications and contact applicants for further details/clarification if required
  • 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:

If you need help with the application process, email The team will be happy to explain any aspects of the process that are unclear. Individual detailed mentoring is not available.

Application pack documents


  • SPF Application Form (DOCX 143 KB)

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  • Annex A Outputs Funding & Planning Workbook (XLSM 197 KB)

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  • SPF Application Guidance (DOCX 150 KB)

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  • Joint Bid Form (DOCX 79 KB)

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  • Match Funding (DOCX 82 KB)

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  • UK Shared Prosperity Fund Scoring Matrix (DOCX 13 KB)

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 Assessment of applications

Assessment of grant applications is carried out by the Neath Port Talbot Strategic Funding Programmes Team. The Application Form, Annex A and any supporting documents will be assessed and scored by the Team and moderated. The process is recorded electronically on the UKSPF Assessment tool developed specifically for the UKSPF process.

The Neath Port Talbot Local Economic Partnership will advise on all applications.

Decisions on open call applications will be made by the Council’s Cabinet.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions via email. ​

Making more than one application

Organisations can make multiple applications to UK Shared Prosperity Fund. This could be one organisation seeking funding for two different projects that fit under separate open invitations or one project that is seeking funding for different elements of that project under different open invitations.

Applicants should be mindful that each submission will have a separate application form, will be appraised individually and have a separate funding agreement with specific outputs and outcomes to deliver.

Applicants cannot double-count outputs and outcomes. For example, if one job is created and reported within one project it cannot be counted again in another. If you intend to make more than one application for the delivery of individual parts of a larger project, please email the relevant authority before submission.

We are unable to accept one application form to cover combined applications to multiple invitations to bid.