Please note: This fund closed for applications at 12pm 28 May 2021.
The UK Government is providing £220 million through the UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) to help local areas prepare for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022 (which will replace EU Structural Funds). This fund will support people and communities most in need across the UK, creating opportunities to trial new approaches and innovative ideas at the local level, and invest in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.
To ensure the UK Community Renewal Fund reaches the places most in need, the UK Government has identified 100 priority places based on an index of economic resilience across Great Britain. Falkirk Council local authority area is identified by the UK Government as one of the 100 priority places. The UK Community Renewal Fund will therefore prioritise applications that target a UK Government identified top 100 place.
The funding is only available for the current year, to support revenue projects that will deliver by 31 March 2022 and that have been developed based upon local and community needs.
The UK Government's Prospectus sets out further details on the objectives of the fund, the types of projects it intends to support and how it will operate.
The UK Government anticipates supporting a range of projects by theme and size, but encourages applicants to maximise impact and deliverability through larger projects where possible.
Projects should ideally have a proposed planned expenditure of up to or around £500,000 but not limited to this threshold.
The maximum value of the bids must not exceed £3m. For enquiries around this limit please email:
Projects are required to align with long-term strategic plans for local growth, target people most in need and support community renewal.
The detail of what can be funded, and the overall selection process can be found in these documents on the UK Government's website:
For more information view the UK Government's Frequently Asked Questions about UK Community Renewal Fund.
If you wish to apply for a project which covers a number of local authority areas, please ONLY apply to Falkirk Council for the element of the project which specifically relates to the Falkirk area.
Please ensure your application explains and details that your bid is part of a larger project being delivered across other Local Authority areas and it is important that this is explained and referenced in the narrative of your application.
An application must be made to each relevant authority that your project will be delivered in where this is applicable.
The UK Government will assess all bids from across the UK against the assessment criteria below.
Final decisions to approve or reject a bid will be made by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
- All proposed projects will be assessed against the following
- The Level of contribution to local needs outlined in relevant local plans and with evidence of local support
- Level of contribution to an investment priority (set out in sections 3.2 to 3.5 of the prospectus)
- The contribution to net zero objectives, or wider environmental considerations (not applicable to employment support interventions)
- Ability to inform UK Shared Prosperity Fund through transferable learning or opportunity to scale up for local partners and UK government
- Extent the project demonstrates innovation in service delivery, through:
- introducing new delivery approaches (for example, trialling new modes of delivery)
- integrated approaches across policy themes or
- collaboration across more than one place
- Delivery can be achieved by March 2022 with realistic milestones identified
- Project risks have been identified, adequately mitigated and project-level management controls in place
- Delivery takes account of the level of innovation proposed value for money including the level of contribution to programme outputs for funding sought and the amount of match funding or leverage proposed to maximise impact.
- The project would not proceed without funding or could only be delivered on a smaller scale.
- An effective monitoring and evaluation strategy has been identified.
- 28 May 2021: Deadline for local bids to be submitted to Falkirk Council
- 07 June 2021: Falkirk Council reviews bids
- 18 June 2021: Deadline for Falkirk Council to submit bids to UK Government
- End July 2021: UK Government evaluates bids and announces successful projects for delivery in 2021/22
- 01 August 2021: Earliest date successful projects can commence
- 31 March 2022: Project delivery end date
For any queries please email:
Update 14 September 2021
No announcement has been published by the UK Government regarding the UK Community Renewal Fund. We are continuing to provide regular updates to the applicants to this fund. Submissions were sent to the UK Government for consideration on 18 June 2021 as per their timeline detailed above.