The UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) is a UK Government programme for 2021/22.
The fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.
The UK Government has designated 100 areas as ‘Priority Places’, of which four are in Greater Manchester: Bolton, Manchester, Oldham and Rochdale.
UK Government has identified Greater Manchester as the Lead Authority for Greater Manchester with responsibility for inviting, assessing, prioritising, and submitting bids to government of up to £3 million per local authority area. Greater Manchester projects in these four Local Authority Priority Places will be prioritised in the final UK Government assessment. All projects must be delivered by 31 March 2022.
The UK Government is particularly interested in bids which build on local insight and knowledge, align with long-term strategic plans for local growth, target people most in need, support community renewal, and demonstrate a contribution to national net zero and carbon reduction ambitions. The Government is also keen that this Fund is used to support innovation and new ideas.
The UKCRF has four national investment priorities:
- Skills: including work-based training, retraining and digital skills/inclusion
- Local business: including supporting entrepreneurs, innovation and decarbonisation
- Communities and place: including feasibility studies for net zero projects, opportunities for culture-led regeneration, green spaces and rural connectivity.
- Supporting people into employment: including addressing barriers to employment, raising aspirations, and basic skills.
Call for Bids – UKCRF
GMCA's Call for Bids (UKCRF) closed on Friday 14 May 2021. All bids that were received before the deadline were appraised by GMCA and a shortlist of successful bids was subsequently submitted to UK Government on Friday 18 June 2021. All bidders – both successful and unsuccessful – have been notified individually about whether they made this shortlist. GMCA will not be providing feedback to unsuccessful applicants.
UKG will now independently assess each shortlisted application and take the final decision about which (if any) are funded. UKG have indicated that shortlisted applicants should hear the outcome of their assessments from the end of July.
Watch a webinar and Q&A giving further details on the UK Community Renewal Fund, which took place on Thursday 15 April 2021. You can also watch the Webinar on YouTube.
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