Published: Wednesday, 21st April 2021

We're encouraging organisations across Medway to submit plans for the government’s £220million UK Community Renewal Fund.

The UK Community Renewal Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK, creating opportunities to trial new approaches and innovative ideas at a local level to invest in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. 

Up to £220million government funding will be allocated to successful projects across the country. Each bid can apply for a maximum of £3million.

The fund has been launched to pilot programmes and new approaches in preparation for the introduction of the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022.

The government has developed a list of 100 priority places for the fund, although the list does not include Medway, the government is encouraging local councils across the country to invite project proposals from local applicants, including voluntary and community sector organisations and local education providers. We will then submit a shortlist of projects to government.

Prospective bidders are asked to confirm their intention to bid by 5pm on Wednesday, 28 April by emailing including the name of the lead applicant, chosen investment priority and a short summary of the project.

The deadline for full project applications is 5pm on Friday, 14 May.

Fantastic opportunity 

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “We are encouraging organisations across Medway to express their intention to bid for up to £3million from the government’s Community Renewal Fund. This is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses and organisations to share their innovative ideas for projects which make a real difference in our local communities.”

It is anticipated that government will announce the successful bids in summer 2021, with projects due to start from September and ending in March 2022.

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