People and communities

City supports Community Renewal Fund

Published Thursday, 10 June 2021

City of York Council has received a total of 15 bids from organisations across the city wanting to access funding from the £220m UK Community Renewal Fund.

The fund has been designed to help support local areas pilot innovative new approaches and programmes that support communities, local businesses, create new jobs and support people into employment.

City of York Council has been chosen by the Government as the lead authority for the York area and invited bids earlier this year.

As a lead authority, the council was responsible for receiving and selecting bids that will then be sent to the Government for consideration, and paying grants to successful projects as well as managing their performance.

After assessing the 15 bids received against the evaluation criteria, nine - with a total value of £1.93m - were scored sufficiently highly in terms of both strategic fit and deliverability to be suitable for inclusion on York’s priority list:

  • five have a focus on investment for business
  • two focus on investment in communities and place
  • one focuses on investment in skills
  • one focuses on supporting people into employment

Councillor Andrew Waller, the council’s Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, in consultation with Cllr Darryl Smalley, the council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, will be asked to approve the selected submissions at a Decision Session later this month (15 June).

Councillor Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning said:

I’m really pleased that nine innovative and high quality bids have been included in the York submission list to support local communities as well as green and sustainable job creation across the city.

“The past year has been incredibly challenging for communities, businesses and their employees and the opportunity for York to bid to the national Community Renewal Fund is a great opportunity to support our city’s recovery. I’d like to thank all those who took the time to submit projects.”

York is not classed as one of the Government’s 100 ‘priority places’ across the UK. While this means that it is less likely that the submitted projects will be selected, York’s project proposals are ambitious and offer fresh ideas, which is hoped will play to their advantage.