The UK Government has launched a new fund of £220m which aims to support the community and organisations to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022. By funding innovative Pilot Programmes, the investment will boost skills, local businesses, and support people into work. The fund will “play a part in uniting and levelling up the whole country” in the national recovery effort following the COVID-19 pandemic. The UK Community Renewal Fund will ensure a smooth transition and continuation in local funding levels by initially matching and then replacing EU Structural and Investment Funds.
All proposed projects must be fully or predominantly revenue based and deliverable within a year. Investments should build on local insight and be able to demonstrate alignment with Net Zero Ambitions. The UK Government urges applicants to consider larger projects (£500,000+) where possible to maximise impact, with a minimum project value of £200,000.
How to apply
This fund is now closed for applications. Further updates will be made around late July following a decision of the UK Government on how to allocate the funding.
View the application form and guidance
If you have any queries about the application process please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Assessment of applications
Aberdeen City Council will produce a shortlist of projects compiling up to £3 million by considering bids which respond to a need identified in the Prospectus, do not duplicate existing national or local provision, and will be delivered by a legally constituted organisation that can receive public funds. It is expected that all bids will demonstrate how they support the implementation of the Local Outcome Improvement Plan.
Timeline of delivery
|17th May 2021||Bidding closes (12 noon)|
|May/June 2021||ACC appraises bids and produces a shortlist for submission.|
|18th June 2021||ACC submits project shortlist to the UK Government.|
|Late July 2021||UK Government will provide decision on submission.|
|Early August 2021||ACC will notify any successful applicants and delivery will commence.|
|November/December 2021||Mid-point review and monitoring of projects by ACC.|
|31st March 2022||All activity completed, by 31 March 2022.|
All applicants must read the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus and the UK Community Fund Technical Note for Project Applicants and Deliverers before preparing their bid.
Aberdeen City Council invites project proposals aiding from local applicants including business groups, voluntary organisations, and education providers which target the following investment priorities through a holistic approach: