From today (Wednesday 21 April 2021), organisations can apply through Nottingham City Council for a share of The UK Community Renewal Fund.
The Fund has been set up by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and will be administered on a local level by the city council.
Overview of the fund and its priorities
The UK Community Renewal Fund will support communities to pilot programmes and new approaches ahead of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Through these pilots, the government wants to unlock new ideas and programmes which better support people and communities in need across the UK.
Projects must deliver activity that is in line with the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus and also aligns with at least one of the following investment priorities:
- Investment in skills
- Investment for local business
- Investment in communities and place
- Supporting people into employment
As unemployment has nearly doubled locally to 8 per cent, it is recommended that projects which will create jobs and support people from Nottingham's most disproportionately affected communities into employment, should be a local priority. This means those which focus on:
- Supporting young people
- People from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities
- People with disabilities or long term health conditions
- People aged over 50
Projects should also align with at least one of the long-term strategic plans for local growth, namely the six themes or ‘ambitions’ set out in the Nottingham Economic Recovery and Renewal Plan:
- City of Creativity and Culture – culture as a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship, strengthen communities and creating jobs
- Reshaping the City – to be more inclusive and more sustainable in a post-Covid world
- Carbon Neutral City – seizing the opportunities for ‘green growth’ and jobs as we move towards CN28
- Digital Technology – building on our sectoral strengths whilst tackling digital poverty, digital exclusion and the digital skills gap
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation – providing the ecosystem and support to unleash the city’s untapped creativity and entrepreneurial spirits
- Employment and Skills – tackling the deep-seated structural inequalities highlighted by Covid, to ensure a truly inclusive recovery
Piloting new approaches and innovative ideas at a local level will be a key part of the projects to be funded.
Please read the UK Community Renewal Fund prospectus and the Community Fund technical note for project applicants and deliverers before starting work on a bid.
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.
The government has applied a £3 million cap per place for investment in final project selection. The funding available consists of 90 per cent revenue funding and 10 per cent capital funding overall – applicants should calibrate their bids accordingly. Read more about how the fund will be administered, process and selection.
The government anticipates supporting a range of projects by theme and size, but encourage applicants to maximise impact and deliverability through larger projects (£500,000+) where this is possible.
Funding is only available for the financial year 2021/2022 and project activity must be completed by 31 March 2022.
Who is eligible to apply?
Any legally constituted organisation can make a bid including local authorities, public sector organisations, voluntary and community sector organisations and local education providers including universities. Registered charities and private sector organisations can submit bids and be project deliverers where they are providing a service to benefit other organisations or individuals but cannot receive support if the intention of the project is to further their own business or organisation, for example, through the purchase of equipment or offsetting additional staffing or other costs.
The government is due to publish additional documentation called, 'Fund Eligibility Rules and Guidance' which will provide more information.
How to apply
The application process opened on Wednesday 21 April 2021.
Bids must be submitted to Nottingham City Council by midnight on Wednesday 26 May 2021, using the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org
The UK government will not accept direct bids from any bodies other than from the lead local authority (Nottingham City Council).
Bids must be submitted using the UK Community Renewal Fund application form. Bids submitted in any other format will not be accepted.
A frequently asked questions facility is available to help guide applicants through the bidding process and clarify common queries, you can view the document here.
Questions can also be submitted by email to Nottingham City Council, email email@example.com