The UK Community Renewal Fund provides grants for projects that will help get people back into work and boost the local economy. It is aimed at supporting those communities most in need, tackling disadvantage and breaking down the barriers to employment and better skills. Piloting new approaches and innovative ideas at the local level will be a key part of the projects to be funded.
Please read the UK Community Renewal Fund prospectus and the Community Fund technical note for project applicants and deliverers before starting work on a bid.
The prospectus provides detailed information on the objectives of the fund, the types of projects it intends to support and how it operates, including the process and selection criteria that will be used to assess bids.
The application process opens on 1 April 2021 and bids must be submitted by midnight on 10 May 2021 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Funding is only available for the financial year 2021/2022 and project activity must be completed by 31 March 2022.
The UK Community Renewal Fund will prioritise bids that target the top 100 places. The government has applied a £3 million cap per place for investment in final project selection. The funding available consists of 90% revenue funding and 10% capital funding overall – applicants should calibrate their bids accordingly.
Any legally constituted organisation can make a bid. This includes local authorities, public sector organisations, higher and further education institutions. Private sector organisations and registered charities can also submit bids and be project deliverers where they are providing a service to benefit other organisations or individuals but cannot receive support if the intention of the project is to further their own business or organisation, for example, through the purchase of equipment or offsetting additional staffing or other costs.
Other information can be found in Community Renewal Fund: Technical Note for Applicants and Deliverers.
Government is also due to publish additional documentation called, Fund Eligibility Rules and Guidance which will provide more information.
How to apply
The government have published frequently asked questions to help guide applicants through the bidding process and clarify common queries. Questions can be submitted by email: email@example.com
Bids must be submitted using the UK Community Renewal Fund application form. Bids submitted in any other format will not be accepted. Bids must be submitted to us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bids must be submitted by midnight on 10 May 2021.
The UK Community Renewal Fund is a competitive and open process and Derbyshire County Council and the UK government will not enter into discussions with bidders.
There is further guidance and information about the fund including investment priorities, selection criteria and process timescales.