Get information about the community renewal funding available in North Yorkshire and how you can apply.
Organisations in the voluntary, community and education sector, including universities, as well as district and borough councils, can apply for funding from the government as part of the UK Community Renewal Fund.
The funding aims to invest in skills, businesses, local places and helping people into employment. Each district or borough council area of North Yorkshire can apply for up to £3 million (90% revenue funding, 10% capital) and for projects that must be fully completed by March 2022.
As the lead authority, we are inviting proposals for shortlisting by midnight on 13 May before submission to government.
North Yorkshire's Strategic priorities
To support delivery against North Yorkshires’ strategic priorities we are encouraging projects within the following themes:
- Town centres – supporting innovative approaches for the reopening and regeneration of our town centres
- Community investment – supporting wellbeing of people and communities, addressing local community needs
- Smart places (digital connectivity) - enhanced digitisation and connectivity
- Tourism, heritage and culture– promoting high value tourism, culture led regeneration and preserving local assets
- Business and employment – support for business start-ups, business growth and employment support
- Skills – retraining, upskilling or reskilling; digital skills
- Green future - feasibility studies and projects for net-zero (including energy & the circular economy), enhancing natural capital
To help ensure that projects help to meet local need, you can find additional information on the regions strategic plans in the following:
- the York and North Yorkshire devolution asks
- our Economic Growth Plan (pdf / 4 MB)
- the Local Industrial Strategy
- the Carbon Abatement Pathways
- the Local Enterprise Partnership economic recovery plan
- district council local economic plans:
The government’s community renewal fund prospectus recommends projects are innovative, impactful and deliverable and that the value of individual bids should be in the region of £500,000. Although there is no lower value limit for applications, projects which fall between £100,000 and £1 million are strongly encouraged. Organisations should look to aggregate small projects into larger programmes of over £100,000 wherever possible to deliver greater efficiency and impact. All projects should include an allocation of a minimum of £10,000 for evaluation.
Investment will be prioritised for projects in the following areas:
- investment in skills – work based training; retraining, upskilling or reskilling; digital skills and inclusion
- investment for local business – support for new job opportunities; innovation potential; supporting decarbonisation measures
- investment in communities and place – feasibility for net zero and energy; promoting culture led regeneration and community development; improving green spaces and preserving local assets; promoting rural connectivity
- supporting people into employment – engagement with local services; addressing barriers to gaining employment; developing basic skills; testing what works in helping people into work
Applications should reflect the government priorities linked to zero carbon, equalities and the internal, UK market.
We will be holding two information events where you can find out more and ask questions about the funding:
- Watch a recording of the session that took place on 7 April. You can also download a copy of the presentation from the session on 7 April (pptx / 295 KB).
- Watch a recording of the session that took place on 15 April. You can also download a copy of the presentation from the session on 15 April (pptx / 340 KB).
How to apply
Before applying you should read the Community Renewal Fund North Yorkshire Prospectus (pdf / 161 KB) for more information.
You can download the application form from the government's website which should then be returned to us by email at EconomicGrowth@northyorks.gov.uk by midnight on 13 May.
You can also read our Community Renewal Fund privacy notice about the application.
Once submitted the government are aiming to announce successful projects by late July 2021 with funding being distributed shortly after.
This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.
These questions will be continually updated as we receive queries during the process.
Who can apply?
Prospective applicants can be business groups, charities, voluntary groups, universities and local authorities from across the North Yorkshire area.
Prospective applicants can submit their project proposal either individually or in partnership with other organisations/groups.
Does the grant funding have to be on revenue spending only?
Yes, the UK Community Renewal Funding scheme is interested in bids where 90% of funding is based on revenue spend with a small amount (10%) of capital funding.
Does the project proposal have to be for a specific investment priority?
Ideally, a project should align with one priority or deliver across several of the following investment priorities:
- investment in skills
- investment for local business
- investment in communities and place
- supporting people into employment
However there will be no ring-fences applied across these themes. This will enable projects to be designed to take a more holistic approach.
Don’t worry if you are unsure which investment priority your project best aligns to because we, acting as the Lead Authority, will align the project to the most appropriate priority/priorities. The most important aspect is to submit your project proposal on time.
Do we need to obtain additional funding to support a project proposal?
No, the Council recognises that not all projects or applicants will be able to secure match funding, and it is not expected. However applicants should note that value for money is a selection consideration and the overall funding package for each project, including any match funding, will be taken into account.
The main requirement of the UK Community Renewal Fund is that the revenue funds must be spent and delivered by March 2022.
How will the lead authority (North Yorkshire County Council) assess the bids?
All project proposals will be assessed using the government’s gateway criteria assessment process. The assessment process requires the project to demonstrate the following criteria. The project proposal:
- will be delivered (including all expenditure incurred) by 31 March 2022
- responds to a need identified in the prospectus
- does not duplicate other national or local provision
- does not conflict with national policy
- will be delivered by a legally constituted organisation that can receive public funds
- will be delivered in line with subsidy control/State Aid requirements
- will be delivered in accordance with branding requirements
- must be submitted by the lead authority
- organisations should be able to submit their bids via an open process led by the lead authority
The project must pass all gateway criteria to be considered for selection. Failure to adequately demonstrate one or more of these criteria will result in project rejection. To find out more details on the assessment criteria please refer to the UK Community Renewal Fund: assessment criteria.