The UK Government is providing £220 million through the UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) to help local areas prepare for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022 (which will replace EU Structural Funds). This fund will support people and communities most in need across the UK, creating opportunities to trial new approaches and innovative ideas at the local level, and invest in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.

The funding is only available for the current year, to support revenue projects that will deliver by 31 March 2022 and that have been developed based upon local and community needs.

The UK Government's Prospectus sets out further details on the objectives of the fund, the types of projects it intends to support and how it will operate.


    Eligible projects

    The UK Government anticipates supporting a range of projects by theme and size, but encourages applicants to maximise impact and deliverability through larger projects where possible.

    Projects should ideally have a minimum planned expenditure of £500,000. The maximum value of the bids must not exceed £3m. Projects are required to align with long-term strategic plans for local growth, target people most in need and support community renewal.

    The detail of what can be funded, and the overall selection process can be found in these documents on the UK Government's website:

    For more information view the UK Government's Frequently Asked Questions about UK Community Renewal Fund.

    Assessment Criteria

    The UK government will assess all bids from across the UK against the assessment criteria below.

    Final decisions to approve or reject a bid will be made by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

    • All proposed projects will be assessed against the following
    • The Level of contribution to local needs outlined in relevant local plans and with evidence of local support
    • Level of contribution to an investment priority (set out in sections 3.2 to 3.5 of the prospectus)
    • The contribution to net zero objectives, or wider environmental considerations (not applicable to employment support interventions)
    • Ability to inform UK Shared Prosperity Fund through transferable learning or opportunity to scale up for local partners and UK government
    • Extent the project demonstrates innovation in service delivery, through:
      • introducing new delivery approaches (for example, trialling new modes of delivery)
      • integrated approaches across policy themes or
      • collaboration across more than one place
    • Delivery can be achieved by March 2022 with realistic milestones identified
    • Project risks have been identified, adequately mitigated and project-level management controls in place
      • Delivery takes account of the level of innovation proposed value for money including the level of contribution to programme outputs for funding sought and the amount of match funding or leverage proposed to maximise impact.
    • The project would not proceed without funding or could only be delivered on a smaller scale.
    • An effective monitoring and evaluation strategy has been identified.

    Expressions of interest

    We are now inviting expressions of interest from community groups and partners. Please ensure you read the UK Community Fund Technical Note for Project Applicants and Deliverersto ensure you project is eligible to apply before you consider submitting an expression of interest.

    For an expressions of interest form please email:

    Please ensure you send the supporting documentation requested in the bidding document.

    If your bid is not submitted by this time and date it will not be eligible for consideration.

    Timeline

    • 28 May 2021: Deadline for local bids to be submitted to Falkirk Council
    • 31 May 2021: Falkirk Council reviews Bids
    • 18 June 2021: Deadline for Falkirk Council to submit bids to UK Government
    • End July 2021: UK Government evaluates bids and announces successful projects for delivery in 2021/22
    • 1 August 2021: Earliest date successful projects can commence
    • 31 March 2022: Project delivery end date