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UK Community Renewal Funding – Local projects can still bid for funds to help boost economy

Organisations across Nottinghamshire  now have until noon on Friday 14 May to apply for funding for projects aimed at boosting the economy, including helping local residents affected by the pandemic back into work.

Bids of more than £500,000 are encouraged, with no minimum threshold.

Nottinghamshire is looking to secure a share of the Government’s £220 million UK Community Renewal Fund which aims to help local communities most in need, by improving skills, breaking down the barriers to employment and supporting local businesses.

Up to £3 million is being made available in each of the county’s three priority areas for projects that meet specific bid criteria, with bids being welcomed from a range of organisations. These include local authorities, public sector organisations, higher and further education institutions, private sector organisations and registered charities.

Nottinghamshire County Council will help deliver the new fund.  Director of Investment and Growth Matthew Neal said,

“We are looking for projects which can show evidence of improving the quality of life for a significant number of Nottinghamshire residents by boosting skills, getting people back into work as well as helping multiple local small and medium-sized enterprises to thrive.

“In order to hear from as many eligible projects as possible , the deadline for getting applications to us has been extended to 12 noon, Friday 14 May 2021.

“You can still apply even if you haven’t previously notified us of an intention to bid.

“We are encouraging organisations with existing projects and programmes which meet the priorities to come forward, but we also welcome any new approaches and ideas which can be delivered before 31 March 2022 by eligible organisations with a proven track record and local insight.

The Government has identified Newark and Sherwood, Mansfield and Bassetlaw as three of the 100 priority areas for the new Fund, based on an index of economic measures around productivity, household income, unemployment, skills and population density.
However organisations in other areas of the county are still encouraged to apply if their project matches the grant criteria.

The funding is for revenue-based projects such as skills training, business support and advice, and helping individuals into work, so isn’t designed for new buildings, refurbishments or equipment.

Projects which meet the local priorities for Nottinghamshire are encourage to apply. These include,

• Helping  those who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic to be supported back into work.
• Supporting  small businesses and encouraging new businesses.
• Supporting  market towns by improving footfall.
• Encouraging  more visitors to Nottinghamshire to help support the local tourism and hospitality trade.
• Helping  businesses improve their low carbon credentials.
• Supporting  manufacturers to digitally upskill the workforce to meet the increasing challenges of advances in technology.

After Friday 14 May, applications will be assessed, and a proposed list of projects submitted to government by 18 June 2021. Government will announce which projects have been successful in late July. All projects must be complete, with all funds spent, by 31 March 2022.

To find out more about the UK Community Renewal Fund, including the latest frequently asked questions,  please go to
UK Community Renewal Fund – open for bids | Nottinghamshire County Council

To submit a bid, please use this form UK Community Renewal Fund: prospectus – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) and email to CRFNottinghamshire@nottscc.gov.uk before 12 noon Friday 14 May 2021