UK Community Renewal Fund

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Update November 2021:

Introduction

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Invitation to submit project bids

East Sussex County Council is seeking bids from organisations wishing to deliver activity as part of the UK Community Renewal Fund.

Please read the following documents before starting work on a bid:

  • UK CRF: prospectus 2021 to 2022
  • UK CRF: technical note for project applicants and deliverers
  • UK CRF: assessment criteria
  • UK CRF: application form

All of the documents are available at UK Community Renewal Fund - GOV.UK

The Prospectus provides detailed information on the objectives of the Fund, the types of projects it intends to support and how it operates, including the process and selection criteria that will be used to assess bids.

Successful UK Community Renewal Fund bids will be for 2021 to 2022 only and activity must end in March 2022.

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Background

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To help local areas prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the UK Government is providing funding in 2021 to 2022 through the £220m UK Community Renewal Fund. We are interested in bids that build on local insight and knowledge, and project proposals that align with long-term strategic plans for local growth, target people most in need and support community renewal. In addition, projects should show how they complement other national and local provision. A focus for this Fund is to support innovation and new ideas in these areas, investing in pilots that draw on local insights and which will help places to prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022.

East Sussex County Council has been designated as a lead authority by the UK Government. As a lead authority, East Sussex County Council is responsible for

  • issuing this invitation
  • receiving bids
  • selecting the bids that will be sent to UK Government for consideration
  • paying grants to successful projects and managing their performance

Full details of the role of lead authorities can be found in the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus - GOV.UK.


What type of bids are we looking for?

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Projects must deliver activity that is in line with the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus and aligned with at least one of these investment priorities:

  • investment in skills
  • investment for local business
  • investment in communities and place
  • supporting people into employment.

There are no specific financial allocations to these priorities, so applicants may choose to align with any, or a combination of them.

The UK Government anticipates supporting a range of projects by theme and size. There is no minimum threshold to the value of bids, but applicants are strongly encouraged to maximise impact and deliverability through larger projects submitted in East Sussex (£250,000 and above) where possible.

As 90% of funding available through the UK Community Renewal Fund is revenue funding and only available in 2021 to 2022, projects should be predominantly, or exclusively revenue based. Projects that focus predominantly on the construction or major refurbishment of buildings, the purchase of land or the purchase of large pieces of equipment will not be supported.


Local priorities

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In selecting the bids that will be forwarded to the UK (United Kingdom) Government for consideration, East Sussex County Council will prioritise those bids that have the greatest potential to deliver against key local growth priorities.

The County Council will consider alignment with the following local strategies when selecting the bids to go forward

In terms of geographic coverage, projects should benefit one (or more) of the boroughs and districts in East Sussex:

Note that Hastings and Lewes have been designated as ‘priority places’ for this fund by the UK Government, while Eastbourne, Rother and Wealden are listed as ‘other places’. This invitation is open to applicants from all five borough and district areas across both priority and other places.


How bids will be assessed

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As the lead authority, East Sussex County Council will assess all bids submitted. Bids will be assessed against:

  • the gateway criteria set out in the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus – bids that fail to meet these criteria are ineligible for support and will be rejected
  • the extent to which they meet the objectives of UK Community Renewal Fund
  • the extent to which bids would support the delivery of local growth and employment support priorities.

Following assessment, East Sussex County Council will submit those eligible bids which most strongly meet the UK Community Renewal Fund and local priorities to the UK Government for consideration, up to a maximum of £3 million per place (i.e. up to £3 million per Borough or District area).

The UK Government will assess all bids submitted by lead authorities against the criteria set out in the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus.

The UK Government will announce the outcome of the assessment process from late July 2021 onwards.

East Sussex County Council will then enter into a funding agreement with successful bidders.


Submitting a bid

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Deadline for bids – midday Friday 30 April 2021

Bids must be submitted using the UK Community Renewal Fund Application Form, which is available to download from UK Community Renewal Fund - GOV.UK. Bids submitted in any other format will not be accepted.

Applicants are asked to inform East Sussex County Council of their 'intention' to submit a bid by 5pm Friday 16 April 2021. Final bids must be submitted to East Sussex County Council by midday on Friday 30 April 2021.

Email CommunityRenewalFund@eastsussex.gov.uk with your intention to bid and your final submission.

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a competitive process. East Sussex County Council and the UK Government will not enter into discussions with bidders.

All personal data is held by East Sussex County Council in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. For further information on how applicants’ data is used, please view the County Council’s privacy notice for the UK Community Renewal Fund.