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

Following the Notice of Intention, the Call for Bids – UKCRF has been issued via The Chest (search for reference DN535893).

If you are interested in applying, you will need to register your organisation on The Chest. The deadline for submissions is 4pm, Friday 14 May 2021.

In addition to reading our Call for Bids, you must read the information on the UK Community Renewal Fund page of the UK Government website, which sets out how the UKCRF will operate across the UK.

To find out more about the UKCRF in Greater Manchester, the Call for Bids and how to apply, please register for this free Eventbrite webinar: UK Community Renewal Fund: Greater Manchester Call for Bids Webinar which will be held on Thursday 15 April 2021 at 15:00-16:00 via Microsoft Teams.

Webinar

Watch a webinar and Q&A giving further details on the UK Community Renewal Fund. 

GMCA Community Renewal Fund Privacy Notice (pdf)

Notice of Intention to issue Call for Bids (pdf)

The Chest (external website)

How the UKCRF will operate across the UK (external website)

Key documents include:

  • The Prospectus itself
  • The technical guidance for project applicants and deliverers
  • The application form (which has been set nationally)
  • The assessment criteria

Eligibility

Any legally constituted organisation can bid for funding from the UKCRF. However, bids from private sector organisations and registered charities will only be considered where they are for projects that will provide a service to benefit other organisations or individuals (i.e. not if the intention of the project is to further their own business/organisation). The UKCRF will not provide funding to individuals to deliver projects.

Contact details

For further information, please email:

ukcrf@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk