This page will provide access to all relevant Call Documentation regarding the new UK Community Renewal Fund 2021/2022 and instructions for how to apply.
A technical workshop on the Fund was held on 22 April. The presentation slides and arising FAQs are available here:
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The UK Community Renewal Fund will support communities to pilot programmes and new approaches ahead of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Through these pilots, the government wants to unlock new ideas and pilot programmes to better support people and communities in need across the UK.
Projects must deliver activity that is in line with the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus and align with at least one of these investment priorities:
- Investment in skills
- Investment for local business
- Investment in communities and place
- Supporting people into employment
As unemployment has nearly doubled locally to 8%, it is recommended that projects that create jobs and support people from our most disproportionately affected communities (e.g. young people, people from BAME communities, women, people with disabilities or long term health conditions, people over 50) into employment, should be a local priority.
Projects should also align with at least one of the long-term strategic plans for local growth, namely the six themes or ‘ambitions’ set out in the Nottingham Economic Recovery and Renewal Plan:
- City of Creativity & Culture – culture as a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship, strengthen communities and creating jobs
- Reshaping the City – to be more inclusive and more sustainable in a post-Covid world
- Carbon Neutral City – seizing the opportunities for ‘green growth’ and jobs as we move towards CN28
- Digital Technology – building on our sectoral strengths whilst tackling digital poverty, digital exclusion and the digital skills gap
- Entrepreneurship & Innovation – providing the ecosystem and support to unleash the city’s untapped creativity and entrepreneurial spirits
- Employment & Skills – tackling the deep-seated structural inequalities highlighted by Covid, to ensure a truly inclusive recovery.
Piloting new approaches and innovative ideas at a 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 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.
The government anticipates that supporting a range of projects by theme and size encourages applicants to maximise impact and deliverability through larger projects (£500,000+) where this is possible.
Funding is only available for the financial year 2021/2022 and project activity must be completed by 31st March 2022.
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.
How to apply
Please read the Nottingham City Council - UK Community Renewal Fund Invitation to Bid document before submitting an application.
Bids submitted in any other format will not be accepted.
Bids must be submitted by 23:59 on Wednesday, 26 May 2021.
The UK Community Renewal Fund is a competitive process and Nottingham City Council and the UK Government will not enter into discussions with bidders.
A frequently asked questions facility is available to help guide applicants through the bidding process and clarify common queries.