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UK Community Renewal Fund

UK Community Renewal Fund 2021-06-24T10:26:06+01:00

The UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) has been introduced by the UK Government for 2021/22 to support people and communities most in need across the UK.

What is the UKCRF?

The UKCRF will provide £220 million of additional funding to support people and communities most in need. It also intends to help the UK move smoothly away from the EU structural fund programme and is a pilot programme to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The fund is seeking to support “innovative responses to local challenges and local needs across the UK, spanning urban, rural and coastal areas.  UKCRF will test greater integration of types of interventions and greater flexibility between investment themes.  This includes removing barriers that people face in accessing skills and labour market opportunities, building the evidence base for future interventions and exploring the viability of new ideas.”

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has been collating bids into this Government fund, as lead authority for the West of England. This includes the Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire area.

WECA has gathered applications from Local Authorities, Universities, Colleges, Third Sector organisations and others.

Eligible projects had to fall within the priority themes of:

  • Investment in Skills
  • Investment in Local Business
  • Investment in Community and Place
  • Supporting people into employment

Details on assessment criteria can be found in section 6 of the prospectus.

No ringfences were applied across these themes. 90% of funding available through the UKCRF will be revenue funding, with a small amount of capital funding.

Bids could not be accepted for projects that benefit a single entity (for example a single business) and applicants were encouraged to maximise impact and deliverability through larger projects (£500,000+) where possible.

Projects submitted to Government

Following assessment of the applications made, the below projects have been submitted to Government for consideration of funding through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

Organisation Project name
Ashley Community & Housing UNLOCK
Bath & North East Somerset Council Bath CAZ Business Renewal Scheme
Big Issue Group Biking for good: Bringing economic (employment and skills), health, environmental and transport improvements to Bristol and beyond
Bristol City Council Bristol Decarbonisation Development
Bristol City Council South Bristol Film & TV Production Skills Programme
Centre for Sustainable Energy Futureproof: scaling up (expanding the market and supply chain for low carbon housing retrofit in the West of England)
City of Bristol College PASSPORT Bristol
School for Social Entrepreneurs Bath & North East Somerset Social Enterprise Programme (BSEP)
South Gloucestershire & Stroud College The HOPE Agency
South Gloucestershire Council South Gloucestershire Council Community Renewal Fund
University of the West of England, Bristol Skills for green jobs

Frequently asked questions

The government has published responses to frequently asked questions on their website . If your question is not covered on the government webpage, please email WECA at info@westofengland-ca.gov.uk.

Skills
Regional Recovery Taskforce
Local Industrial Strategy
Employment and Skills Plan
Regional Insights