Hertfordshire businesses from across the private, public and voluntary sectors are invited to apply for funding from Government’s UK Community Renewal Fund.

The £220m fund was launched to enable communities across the country to trial new approaches and innovative ideas to support local people and businesses and address local challenges. The fund, announced in Government’s budget in March 2021, will pave the way for the new Shared Prosperity Fund, due to launch next year.

In line with its ‘levelling up’ agenda, Government has identified 100 places as being a priority for the UK Community Renewal Fund. While none of them are in Hertfordshire, organisations from places outside of this list are still welcome to apply for up to £3m per ‘place’ (i.e. per district or borough, though multi-place and county-wide bids are also accepted). Applicants can include private, public and voluntary sector organisations. Funding is for 2021/22 only, and activity must end by March 2022.

Hertfordshire County Council is working in partnership with Hertfordshire LEP to manage the application, appraisal, contracting and delivery phases for the fund locally.

Projects proposals are encouraged from both urban and rural areas and should align with the four national themes below, as well as local priorities:

  • Investment in skills
  • Investment in local business
  • Investment in communities and place
  • Supporting people into employment

Information regarding local priorities can be found within the evidence base below: Hertfordshire’s Recovery Plan 2020, Hertfordshire LEP Strategic Economic PlanHertfordshire Local Skills Report 2021, Hertfordshire Skills & Labour Market Review 2020, Hertfordshire Skills and Employment Dashboard, Hertfordshire Local Transport Plan 2018 - 2031, and Sustainable Hertfordshire 2020.

Application process

Hertfordshire County Council is now seeking bids from organisations wishing to deliver projects with support from the UK Community Renewal Fund.

Step 1:

Applicants are advised to read the following documents to ensure they are eligible to apply:

The prospectus provides details on the process and selection criteria that will be used to assess bids.

Step 2:

An expression of interest form should be submitted to info@hertfordshirelep.co.uk no later than 12pm on 5th May 2021.

Step 3:

We will be hosting a webinar on 10th May 2021, 9.30 – 11am, which will provide additional information with regard to key project criteria and the bidding process. Book your place.

Step 4:

A completed application form should be submitted to info@hertfordshirelep.co.uk no later than 12pm on 21st May 2021.


Key dates

Date

Time

Activity

5th May 2021

12:00

Expression of interest submission deadline

10th  May 2021

09:30

Pre-application webinar

21st May 2021

12:00

Application submission deadline

21st May – 18th June 2021

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Applications to be assessed by Hertfordshire LEP and Hertfordshire County Council Approval Panel

18th June 2021 onwards

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Applicants to be informed if their bid has been shortlisted to proceed to the next stage


If you have any further enquiries, please contact Sam Hudson, Contracts Manager, at sam.hudson@hertfordshirelep.co.uk, or call 03030 505102.