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.
|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|
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