UK Community Renewal Fund
Information on submitting bids and bid criteria can be found in the sections below.
Gloucestershire 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 Prospectus and the UK 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.
Successful UK Community Renewal Fund bids will be for 2021/22 only and activity must end in March 2022.
Update on the Gloucestershire Community Renewal Fund (CRF), 29 June 2021
We have now submitted our short list of projects to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for the Government’s UK CRF.
The Gloucestershire CRF Lead Authority wishes to applaud every applicant, as we recognise that the decision to prepare a bid is a time- and resource-consuming activity, coming when Covid-19 is making significant demands. It should be noted that the Government’s Levelling Up agenda has been captured in the UK Community Renewal Fund assessment by embedding preferential consideration for proposals from 100 priority places based on an index of economic resilience. Since Gloucestershire is not one of these, the lead authority’s strategy has been to seek out project ideas with exceptional properties. By ‘exceptional’, the lead authority means projects which will deliver on one or several important specific local priorities for Gloucestershire.
The short-listing panel has concluded that Gloucestershire’s best strategy is to select the two projects that best supported the aims of the CRF.
The UKCRF is the forerunner to more significant routes to funding, to be announced by Government later this year as the UK Shared Prosperity Fund which will replace EU Structural Funds from 2022 onwards. Accordingly, the Gloucestershire Community Renewal Fund Lead Authority has offered to work with the bidders of the projects which were not considered by the short-listing panel to develop their proposals to hopefully succeed in these funding opportunities to come. We will invite further discussions in this regard as more information becomes available from Government.
The Gloucestershire Community Renewal Fund Lead Authority aims to demonstrate to Government that Gloucestershire has designed and run a transparent, equitable and robust selection process to arrive at its short list. Having done this, a successful outcome for Gloucestershire’s Places cannot be a foregone conclusion.
The partners that comprise the Gloucestershire Community Renewal Fund Lead Authority have submitted an innovative and engaging short list for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to consider. A decision on which bids will receive funding nationally is expected by the end of July 2021.