North Yorkshire organisations with innovative ideas to invest in their area are being urged to bid for the Community Renewal Fund.
The County Council has been chosen by the Government as the lead authority and is inviting bids which will support local businesses, communities and support people into employment via a series of programmes.
“This new funding stream will enable organisations to pilot initiatives which will benefit their communities,” said County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Business Growth and Economic Development.
“We are looking for innovative responses to local challenges, recognising the needs of residents in hard to reach parts of the county which can be delivered by the end of March 2022.
“As the lead authority we are inviting project proposals from a range of applicants including district and county councils, businesses, voluntary and community sector organisations and local education providers.
“The past year has been incredibly challenging for communities, businesses and their employees so this is a great opportunity for North Yorkshire to bounce back. I would encourage all interested organisations to make a submission.”
The programme areas are: town centres; community investment; smart places; tourism, heritage and culture; business and employment; skills; green futures.
The deadline for applications is 13 May. The County Council will then produce a shortlist of projects for submission to the Government.
The Community Renewal Fund is being delivered as a pilot in preparation for the Shared Prosperity Fund which will replace funding that was allocated to the UK through its membership of the European Union.
The County Council will hold live webinars for interested bidders on 7 and 15 April. The times and joining instructions can be found on the website.
The Community Renewal Fund Prospectus 2021/22 is available on the Government’s website.