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UK Community Renewal Fund

York Call for Proposals

Organisations in the voluntary, community and education sector, including universities, as well as the Council and other public bodies, can apply for funding from the government as part of the UK Community Renewal Fund.

The funding aims to invest in skills, businesses, local places and helping people into employment. York can apply for up to £3 million in total (90% revenue funding, 10% capital). All projects must be fully completed by March 2022.

As the lead authority, we are inviting proposals for shortlisting by midnight on 16 May 2021 before submission to government on or before 18 June 2021. Government will choose projects to fund from the priority lists that local authorities submit, with decisions being announced from July 2021 onwards.

York is not a priority area for this Government funding, and applicants should be aware that there is therefore a low likelihood of their proposals being selected by Government.

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Government priorities

The Government’s community renewal fund prospectus recommends that projects should be innovative, impactful and deliverable and that the value of individual bids should be in the region of £500,000. We have set a minimum project value of £100,000 for York applications. All projects should include an allocation of a minimum of £10,000 for evaluation.

Investment will be prioritised for projects in the following areas:

  • investment in skills – work based training; retraining, upskilling or reskilling; digital skills and inclusion
  • investment for local business – support for new job opportunities; innovation potential; supporting decarbonisation measures
  • investment in communities and place – feasibility for net zero and energy; promoting culture led regeneration and community development; improving green spaces and preserving local assets; promoting rural connectivity
  • supporting people into employment – engagement with local services; addressing barriers to gaining employment; developing basic skills; testing what works in helping people into work

Applications should reflect the government priorities linked to zero carbon, equalities and the internal, UK market.

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Local priorities

Our local priorities in the areas listed above are set out in our Economic Recovery Strategy, Business Support Plan and 1 year Skills Plan, and in the Devolution asks and Local Industrial Strategy that we have developed with partners from across the York and North Yorkshire LEP area.

Proposals will be scored against the following:

  1. Level of contribution to local needs articulated in the local plans listed above and with evidence of local support.
  2. Level of contribution to a national investment priority
    • Investment in skills
    • Investment for business
    • Investment in communities and place
    • Supporting people into employment
  3. The extent of contribution to net zero objectives, as set out at section 3.1.1 of the prospectus, or wider environmental considerations (not applicable to employment support interventions)
  4. The extent to which the project can inform the UK Shared Prosperity Fund through transferable learning or opportunity to scale up for local partners and UK government.
  5. The extent to which the project demonstrates innovation in service delivery.
  6. Deliverability:
    1. That it can be delivered as proposed by March 2022 with realistic milestones identified.
    2. Project risks have been identified and are adequately mitigated, including project-level management controls.
    3. The applicant sets out an efficient mode of delivery, taking account of the level of innovation proposed and will operate at an appropriate scale. This shall include an assessment of value for money taking account of:
      1. the level of contribution to programme outputs for funding sought
      2. the amount of match funding or leverage proposed to maximise impact (not applicable to employment interventions).
    4. That the project would not proceed without funding or could only be delivered on a smaller scale.
    5. An effective monitoring and evaluation strategy has been identified for the project, with at least £10k allocated for evaluation.

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Project size

The minimum value for a project is £100,000 Applicants could put forward several linked projects as a single programme, but that will need to be submitted on a single form with consolidated finances, outputs and outcomes, and will be appraised as a single entity. Regional bids would be possible, but would need to be appraised locally against York priorities. A regional bid above the £100,000 threshold could include York elements below that level and be considered as part of the York priority list.

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Application form

Application forms and technical guidance can be downloaded from:

Completed applications should be submitted to by midnight on 16 May 2021. Applications received after this time will not be accepted.

For information on how we use your data when you apply to this fund please download the UK Community Renewal Fund Privacy Notice.

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Also see

Economic Growth Team

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA