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Applying for the community renewal fund

We are inviting bids from organisations wishing to deliver activity as part of the UK Community Renewal Fund.

Organisations can now bid for a share of the government’s £220m UK Community Renewal Fund to support innovative pilot projects that boost the economy.

The fund aims to support the people and communities in greatest need to help pilot programmes in preparation for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022.

A range of organisations can submit bids, including:

  • Councils
  • Universities
  • Voluntary and community sector
  • Business support organisations
Download and view the invitation to bid (PDF).

Bids should seek a minimum of £250,000 funding, with a preferred bid size of £500,000 plus. All successful projects must be complete, and funding spent before the end of March 2022.

The fund has four themes, with a range of types of projects sought. In all cases, the government is looking for innovative ways of tackling challenges:

Investment in skills

  • Work-based training
  • Retraining, upskilling or reskilling members of the workforce
  • Promoting the advancement of digital skills and inclusion

Investment for local businesses

  • Supporting entrepreneurs and helping businesses with potential to create more job opportunities for current employees or take on new employees
  • Encouraging businesses to develop their innovation potential
  • Supporting decarbonisation measures

Investment in communities and place

  • Feasibility studies for delivering net-zero and local energy projects
  • Exploring opportunity for promoting culture-led regeneration and community development
  • Improving green spaces and preserving important local assets

Supporting people into employment

  • Supporting people to engage with local services which support them on their journey towards employment
  • Identifying and addressing any potential barriers these individuals may face in gaining employment or moving closer to the labour market
  • Raising aspirations, supporting individuals to access Plan for Jobs employment support, jobs and find sustainable employment
  • Supporting people to gain the basic skills they need to develop their potential for sustainable work
  • Testing what works in helping people move towards work

To maximise the possibility of being shortlisted, you should ensure that project proposals are focused on support for Leicester residents or businesses. They must also align with the objectives set out in the following:

Up to a maximum of £3 million is available per place, with a split of 90% revenue and 10% capital (mostly revenue bids are expected).

You should also read the following at GOV.UK:

We are the lead authority for this fund in Leicester. Only bids submitted by us will be eligible.

We will appraise all the bids received, before the deadline, and identify a shortlist that will be submitted to the UK government.

  1. Complete the Registration of interest form by 30 April 2021.
  2. Submit the full application form (ODT) by 5pm, 21 May 2021.
Both forms should be emailed to

There is guidance notes to help you with the application process:

You should also read the following at GOV.UK:

We will be hosting online workshops to help answer any questions you may have and to provide information about fund.

The workshops will be held on:

  • Friday 30 April, 2pm

If you are interested, please submit confirmation of your attendance.



  • Friday 30 April 2021: Deadline for Registration of interest
  • Friday 23 and 30 April: Online workshops
  • Friday 21 May 2021, 5pm: Deadline for applications
  • Early/mid June 2021: Applicants to be notified
  • Friday 18 June: Shortlist of projects submitted to the UK government
  • July 2021: Successful projects announced by the government

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the fund or the application process please email

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