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UK Community Renewal Fund

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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.

Like most of the UK, households, businesses and members of society in Gloucestershire have needed to deal, and come to terms, with the awful impacts and consequences of Covid-19. Through the pandemic, the county, borough and district councils, the LEP, and our partners and delivery bodies, have been supplying immediate and necessary assistance to those most badly hit in our communities.  This need will not be going away anytime soon, so our focus will continue in this regard. 

We believe that we should be marshalling all available means to the job of delivering Covid recovery.  You can read our strategies and action plans to do this in our Covid Recovery Plan, published on the council’s website here

For this reason, the council is encouraging potential UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) bidders into Gloucestershire’s submission to Government, to demonstrate in clear and impactful ways how their bids can contribute to this objective.

Tellingly, the basis for Government’s selection of successful projects will be competitive and priorised. The Levelling Up agenda has been captured in the UKCRF approach to 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, our submission must include projects with exceptional properties.  By ‘exceptional’, we mean projects which will deliver on one or several important specific local priorities for Gloucestershire. 

Below are links to the local authority economic and recovery priorities which may guide you: 

We welcome bold ideas that show timely-delivered, value-for-money, outputs and outcomes.  By this, we mean they will deliver unambiguous, measurable benefits that align with the UKCRF themes of strategic fit, deliverability, efficiency and effectiveness, within the Government’s deadline for completion of funded projects by 31 March 2022.

We recognise that the date of 9 May 2021 for bidders to submit their project proposals to the council is incredibly tight.  This is unavoidable due to the date of 18 June that Government has asked lead authorities, in-turn, to submit their shortlists for assessment. We recognise that a decision to prepare a UKCRF bid can be a time and resource-consuming activity, coming when Covid-19 recovery is making significant demands on individuals, communities and organisations. 

Online Surgery 

To assist those considering whether to make a bid, or seeking without prejudice advice to refine their ideas, the council is intending to pilot and provide access to an ‘online surgery’ staffed by an officer knowledgeable about UKCRF.  This resource will be active up to the submission date, if you need assistance please email the Economic Development Team at edteam@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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