UK Community Renewal Fund
The UK government is providing an additional £220 million funding through the UK Community Renewal Fund to help local areas prepare for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022. This Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches and will invest in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.
We are seeking bids from organisations wishing to deliver activity as part of the UK Community Renewal Fund. Projects must deliver activity that is 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
There are no financial allocations to these priorities.
The UK Government anticipates supporting a range of projects by theme and size, but applicants are encouraged to maximise impact and deliverability through larger projects (£500,000+) where this is possible.
As 90% of funding available through the UK Community Renewal Fund is revenue funding and only available in 2021/22, projects should be predominantly, or exclusively revenue based. Projects that focus predominantly on the construction or major refurbishment of buildings, the purchase of land or the purchase of large pieces of equipment will not be supported.
Please read the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus and the UK Community Fund Technical Note for Project Applicants and Deliverers before starting work on a bid. They can be found on the UK Government website.
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.
Successful UK Community Renewal Fund bids will be for 2021/22 only and activity must end in March 2022.
Bids must be submitted by noon on 5th May 2021.
The UK Community Renewal Fund is a competitive process and Carmarthenshire County Council and the UK Government will not enter into discussions with bidders.
As the lead authority, we will assess all bids submitted. Bids will be assessed against:
- the gateway criteria set out in the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus – bids that fail to meet these criteria are ineligible support and will be rejected
- the extent to which they meet the objectives of UK Community Renewal Fund
- the extent to which bids would support the delivery of local growth and employment support priorities
Following assessment, we will submit those eligible bids which most strongly meet the UK Community Renewal Fund and local priorities to the UK Government for consideration, up to a maximum of £3m per place.
The UK Government will assess all bids submitted by lead authorities against the criteria set out in the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus.
The UK Government will announce the outcome of the assessment process from late July 2021 onwards.
We will enter into a funding agreement with successful bidders.
In selecting the bids that will be forwarded to the UK Government for consideration, we will prioritise bids that have the greatest potential to deliver against key local priorities to help ensure that Carmarthenshire’s economy can recover as quickly as possible from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bids are required to align with at least one of the three overarching themes and demonstrate that they have considered the four cross-cutting priority ambitions detailed below.
- Businesses: Safeguarding our existing businesses, supporting new start-ups and growing businesses in our foundational and growth sectors to become more productive and competitive.
- People: Protecting jobs, responding to significant expected unemployment, helping people gain the skills needed for the jobs that will exist, and creating new and better-skilled employment
- Place: Ensuring a fair distribution of opportunities through investing in the infrastructure and adaptation of our strategic growth areas, town centres, the rural economy and regenerating our most deprived communities.
- Growth that is fair, equal and supports Welsh language and culture: All projects must demonstrate how they contribute towards contribute towards a circular economy / localism approach and the growth of the Welsh language and culture
- Ultra-fast, ultra-reliable digital connectivity, culture and skills: We are seeking projects that will help embed a digital culture in our businesses and communities.
- Skills: We are seeking projects that will help our residents gain the skills they need for jobs in growing businesses and sectors.
- Green Economy: We are seeking projects that can help the County meet its commitment to being a net zero carbon local authority by 2030.
Projects should benefit Carmarthenshire County Council Local authority area.
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