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UK Community Renewal Fund

To find out more about the fund and the application process in Bridgend County Borough you can watch a recorded Webinar. above.

UK CRF in Bridgend Webinar transcript.

This short webinar will provide an overview of the funding, eligibility criteria and the process for applying to the fund in Bridgend County Borough.

The Government announced £220 million investment in the UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) in its budget on 3 March 2021. The Fund is to support people and communities most in need across the UK, creating opportunities to trial new approaches and innovative ideas at the local level. The funding is only available for the current year and will pave the way for the Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund, due to launch next year.

Whilst Bridgend County Borough has not been designated within the top 100 priority places, bids are still invited of up to £3m for the area. The UKCRF will be managed by ‘lead authorities’, Bridgend County Borough Council is the lead authority for Bridgend.

Project proposals are encouraged from both urban and rural areas and should align with four identified themes and with local priorities:

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

The 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 – UK Community Renewal Fund – Prospectus

Bridgend County Borough Council will be inviting applications from organisations that support the above themes and are in line with our local priorities as set out in the Bridgend Public Services Board Well-being Plan and our Corporate Plan.

Key Dates

  • 24 May: Deadline for local submissions to be submitted
  • 18 June: Deadline for lead authority to submit application to Government
  • End July: Successful projects confirmed for delivery
  • 31 March 2022: Project delivery end date

Application Process

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

Please read the UK Community Renewal Fund – Prospectus and the UK Community Fund Technical Note for Project Applicants and Deliverers before starting work on a bid.

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.

Bids must be submitted using the UK Community Renewal Fund Application Form. Bids submitted in any other format will not be accepted.

Bids must be submitted to Bridgend County Borough Council using this email address:

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a competitive process and Bridgend County Borough Council and the UK Government will not enter into discussions with bidders, however, questions can also be submitted to the email above.

Applications have now closed.

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