With a total value of £220 million, lead authorities should produce a shortlist of projects in their area up to a maximum of £3 million.
Proposals need to be submitted to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government by Friday 18 June 2021.
The lead authority for each place is the mayoral combined authorities, county councils, and unitary authorities. Lead authorities should invite project proposals from a range of local applicants, including local district councils, voluntary and community sector organisations and local education providers including universities.
The UK government is providing additional funding to help local areas prepare for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022 (expected to average around £1.5 billion a year). This Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches. These projects should invest in skills, community and place, local business, and support people into employment.
There is an energy element to the fund. Projects should be able to demonstrate the extent of contribution to net zero objectives or wider environmental considerations. They should be based on low or zero carbon best practice, adopt and support innovative clean tech where possible and support the growing skills and supply chains in support of net zero where possible.
A hundred priority areas have been identified. In our region, these are Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, County Durham, Darlington, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland and Richmondshire.
There is no pre-set eligibility, and 90% of funding available through the UK Community Renewal Fund is revenue funding.