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UK Community Renewal Fund

Staffordshire County Council is seeking bids from organisations wishing to deliver activity as part of the UK Community Renewal Fund.

Please read the UK Community Renewal Fund suite of documents including the UK Community Renewal Prospectus and the UK Community Fund Technical Note for Project Applicants and Deliverers, before starting work on a bid.

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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.

Background and context

The £220m UK Community Renewal Fund (CRF) 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.  The fund will operate from 2021 – 2022 only and invite a range of applicants to bid including but not limited to universities, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and umbrella business groups.

The fund will target the following investment priorities:

  • Investment in skills
  • Investment for local business
  • Investment in communities and place
  • Supporting people into employment

The UK CRF is a transition fund to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and replaces the European Regional Development Funding.  The UK CRF will help inform the design of the UK Shared Prosperity through funding of one-year pilots, but the funds are distinct with regard to design (including allocation approach), eligibility and duration.

In order to maximise impact and deliverability larger projects (£500,000+) are encouraged where this is possible.

Please note: The deadline for applications is 12pm on 14 May 2021. Please submit applications to ukcrf@staffordshire.gov.uk

Key documents

The key documents for bidding purposes are listed below

Find your local Council

For details of your local council to inform your application form, please find your local council online

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Event launch (Teams)

An online, UKCRF Staffordshire briefing event, took place on Friday 16 April at 10:30 - 12:00. Please see the link to the PowerPoint

Workshop Surgeries (Teams)

Staffordshire County Council has commissioned a consultancy Mott MacDonald, to support with the UK CRF process. Colleagues from Mott Macdonald delivered a number of online workshop surgeries week commencing 3.5.21, following the invitation published on the Council’s CRF webpage. The purpose of the workshop was to respond to technical queries, on the application form, supporting documents or process. See attached an overview of the matters raised and the responses offered.

UKCRF Workshop Surgeries Overview

UKCRF contact email address


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