Invitation to Submit Project Bids
We're 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. They're available here.
The Prospectus provides detailed information on the objectives of the Fund, the types of projects it intends to support, and how it operates. This includes the process and selection criteria that will be used to assess bids.
Successful UK Community Renewal Fund bids will be for 2021/22 only and activity must end in March 2022.
To help local areas prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the UK Government is providing funding in 2021/22 through the UK Community Renewal Fund. We're interested in bids that:
- build on local insight and knowledge
- align with long-term strategic plans for local growth
- target people most in need
- 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.
Fife Council have been designated as a lead authority by the UK Government. As a lead authority, we're 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 manging their performance
Full details of the role of lead authorities can be found in the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus.
What type of bids are we looking for?
Projects must deliver activity that is line with the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus and align 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 financial allocations to these priorities.
The UK Government anticipates supporting a range of projects by theme and size, but applicants are encouraged to maximise impact and deliverability through larger projects (£500,000+) if this is possible.
As 90% of funding available through the UK Community Renewal Fund is revenue funding and only available in 2021/22, 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.
In selecting the bids that will be forwarded to the UK Government for consideration, we'll prioritise the bids that have the greatest potential to deliver against key local growth priorities.
In the process of selecting bids, we'll consider those that deliver on the key themes and priorities included in the Plan for Fife, Local Community Plans and Fife’s Climate Action Plan. It's preferable that projects align to at least one priority in the Plan for Fife, as well as meeting the objectives of economic recovery.
Bids that relate to the following recovery areas will also be prioritised:
- Leading Economic Recovery
- Tackling poverty and preventing crises
- Addressing climate change
- Community Wealth Building
How Bids Will be Assessed
As the lead authority, we'll 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 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, we'll 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.
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.
Fife Council will enter into a funding agreement with successful bidders.
Submitting a Bid
Bids must be submitted using the UK Community Renewal Fund Application Form, which is available here. Bids submitted in any other format will not be accepted.
Bids must be submitted to Fife Council using this email address: Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org
Bids must be submitted by midnight on Sunday 23rd May 2021.
The UK Community Renewal Fund is a competitive process and Fife Council and the UK Government will not engage in discussions with bidders. Back To Top