National Community Renewal Fund

Details for delivery of the new National Community Renewal Fund have been announced.

This fund has been set up by the Government to support people and communities most in need, to tackle disadvantage and break down the barriers to employment and better skills.

Specific local authority areas in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have been identified as areas prioritised for access to the fund, based on an index of economic measures around productivity, household income, unemployment, skills and population density.

Bids being welcomed from a range of organisations including local authorities, public sector organisations, higher and further education institutions, private sector organisations and registered charities. Piloting new approaches and innovative ideas at a local level will be a key part of the projects to be funded.

Eligible applications for funding will be for projects that will secure:

  • Investment in skills - work-based training; retraining, upskilling/reskilling; and promoting digital skills and inclusion

  • Investment for local business - supporting entrepreneurs to create more job opportunities; encouraging businesses to develop their innovation potential; and supporting decarbonisation measures

  • Investment in communities and place - feasibility studies for delivering net-zero/local energy projects; promoting culture-led regeneration and community development; improving green spaces and preserving important local assets; and promoting rural connectivity.

  • Support people into employment - aupporting people on their journey towards employment; identifying/addressing barriers to employment/moving closer to the labour market; raising aspirations / supporting individual to access employment support; supporting people to develop basic skills for sustainable work; testing what works in helping people move towards work.

Potential applicants should read the UK Community Renewal Fund prospectus and the Community Fund technical note before starting work on a bid.


For Nottinghamshire, intentions to bid should be raised by 5pm, 16th April by emailing:

Please make sure you attach a 200 word (max) summary of your organisation’s potential bid and your contact details. Deadline to submit full and final bids is by noon, 7th May. Bids of more than £500k to maximise impact and deliverability are encouraged. There is no minimum threshold.  All successful projects must be complete, with all funds spent, by 31st March 2022.

More information and application forms for Nottinghamshire can be found here

For Derbyshire, intentions to bid should be raised by midnight, 10th May, by emailing:

All applications will be assessed and a proposed list of projects submitted to government by 18th June 2021. All projects must be delivered and complete by 31st March 2022.

More information and application forms for Derbyshire can be found here

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