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Applying for the community renewal fund

We were inviting bids from organisations wishing to deliver activity as part of the UK Community Renewal Fund. Applications for this fund closed on 21 May 2021.

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

The fund aimed 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.

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:

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the fund please email

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