The Community Renewal Fund (CRF) provided by the UK Government aims to help local areas trial ways of working that could inform future bids into the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022.

The fund is looking to support people and communities across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches and will invest in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.

In Ceredigion support will be prioritised to those ideas which have the greatest potential to deliver against key local priorities as set out in the Ceredigion Economic Strategy 2020-2035 and those which help Ceredigion’s economy recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

These priorities include:

  1. People – inspiring people, developing skills, health and wellbeing
  2. Place – promoting Ceredigion as a place to live, work and visit
  3. Enterprise – supporting businesses to get started and grow
  4. Connectivity – connecting businesses and communities

The fund is part of a package to help local areas prepare for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022. Projects should be mainly revenue-based however a small amount of capital funding is available. The deadline for submitting applications for the CRF will be 17 May 2021.

Ceredigion businesses and organisations can find out more about the fund and how to apply by logging into etenderwales. Registration is required on the website. Once registered, the following reference code will need to be entered: PQQ: pqq_33102 - Community Renewal Fund Applications.