UK Community Renewal Fund (CRF)
The UK Community Renewal Fund comprises £220 million of investment across the UK. This is an exciting opportunity to pilot new ideas and help shape the future of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund due to be launched in 2022.
The UK Community Renewal Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK. It aims to nurture innovative thinking through pilot programmes and new approaches that align with one, or deliver across several, of the following investment priorities:
- Investment in skills
- Investment for local business
- Investment in communities and place
- Supporting people into employment
The UK Government has identified us, Gateshead Council, as a lead authority. We will have responsibility for inviting, assessing, prioritising, and submitting bids to government of up to £3m in total.
Projects must be delivered by March 2022.
Eligible applicants include:
- business support organisations;
- voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations;
- education providers, including Colleges and Universities
All bids must evidence wider impact for multiple individuals, businesses or other organisations.
Invitation to bid
The Invitation to Bid [128.8KB] sets out the local requirements we'll use in prioritising submissions to UK Government. This includes:
- specific local priorities
- how applications will be assessed
- how applications should be submitted
Submitting a bid
Bids must be submitted using the Gov.UK - UK Community Renewal Fund Application Form
Bids submitted in any other format will not be accepted.
Bids must be submitted to us using CRF@gateshead.gov.uk by midnight on Friday 14 May 2021. Bids submitted after this date will not be considered.
For more information and to prepare read Gov.UK - UK community renewal fund prospectus
|Deadline for submission of bids, late submissions will not be accepted||midnight, Friday 14 May 2021|
|Appraisal and shortlist process, assessments, due diligence checks, shortlist, Investment Panel||May to June 2021|
|The council will submit a portfolio of shortlisted projects to Government||18 June 2021|
|Government announcement of successful bids||anticipated late July 2021 onwards|
|All projects completed||end of March 2022|
UK Community Renewal Fund (CRF) webinar registration
A webinar will be held Monday 19 April at 12noon and is expected to last for up to an hour. It will start with a Community Renewal Fund presentation, followed with a Q and A session.
Where it's not possible to directly answer questions during the webinar, you can email us CRF@gateshead.gov.uk
For any enquiries please email CRF@gateshead.gov.uk, we will aim to respond within two working days.