Community Renewal Fund

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2021
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The £220m Community Renewal Fund is designed to help the UK prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The Fund aims to support our communities to pilot innovative programmes and new approaches, aligning national and local provision.

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2022 and projects may align with one, or deliver across several, of the following investment priorities:

  • Investment in skills
  • Investment for local business
  • Investment in communities and place
  • Supporting people into employment

To ensure the UK Community Renewal Fund funding reaches the most in need, Government has identified 100 priority places based on an index of economic resilience across Great Britain which measures productivity, household income, unemployment, skills and population density. For the purposes of the UK Community Renewal Fund, place is defined at the lower tier, borough and unitary geography as set out in the glossary of terms.

A lead authority has been assigned for each place. These are:

  • Mayoral Combined Authorities, where they exist in England
  • The Greater London Authority
  • County Councils
  • Unitary authorities elsewhere in England and in Scotland and Wales

Lead authorities should invite project proposals from a range of local applicants, including local district councils, voluntary and community sector organisations and local education providers including universities. Lead authorities should then appraise these projects and produce a shortlist of projects up to a maximum of £3 million per place for submission to UK government. The UK government will select projects in line with the selection criteria set out in section 6. The UK government will not accept direct bids from any bodies other than the lead authority.

 

Timeline

3 March 2021

  • UK government publishes the UK Community Renewal Fund prospectus.
  • The list of priority places and lead authorities in Great Britain is published within the prospectus.
  • UK government launches a project competition in Northern Ireland.

18 June 2021

  • Lead Authorities in Great Britain submit shortlists of projects to UK government for assessment.
  • Applicants in Northern Ireland submit their bids to UK government for appraisal and assessment.
  • From 18 June and throughout July, UK government assesses bids.

Late July 2021 onwards

  • UK government announces successful projects for the UK Community Renewal Fund.

 

Further information

Detailed information about the Community Renewal Fund is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-community-renewal-fund-prospectus