Community Renewal Fund

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An exciting opportunity to pilot new ideas and help shape future funding programmes.

The UK Community Renewal Fund has £220 million to invest across the UK.

It will help to shape what the UK Shared Prosperity Fund will look like. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is due to be launch in 2022 which replaces EU Structural and Investment Funds.

  • This Fund aims to support people and communities in need across the UK. It will invest in skills, communities, businesses, and by supporting people into employment.

UK government has identified Cornwall Council as the Lead Authority for Cornwall.

A lead authority must invite, assess, prioritise, and submit bids to government up to a total value of £3m.

The UK Government wants to support a range of projects.

Projects should apply for a minimum value of £500,000+, where this is possible.

Please read;

  • the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus
  • the UK Community Fund Technical Note for Project Applicants and Deliverers

before starting work on a bid.  

Community Renewal Fund Prospectus

Please check the website throughout your bids to ensure you are aware of any amendments made by UK Government.

Local Priorities

Cornwall Council is inviting applications which will focus on two local priorities:

  • Town centre, rural and coastal vitality
  • Reducing the digital divide

Further details are in our Invitation to Bid

Your Questions and Further Support

Community Renewal Fund Webinar - 19 April

If you require support with the Application form 

Please email titling your email Project Application Support.

Project Collaboration and brokerage 

If you are interested in working with other potential bidders please register your interest by emailing titling your email Project Collaboration.

Further information to help with frequently asked questions

More detailed information about the Fund can be found on the website.

Go to the website also have a frequently asked questions page.

Frequently asked questions

How to apply

To apply please use the application form link below.

Community Renewal Fund Application Form

No other forms or documents will be accepted by Cornwall Council.

Applicants should refer to the following guidance when completing their forms.

Application guidance

Please submit applications to

Deadline midnight on the 7th May 2021, late applications will not be accepted.

Submission and delivery timescales

Project Proposals to be submitted to Cornwall Council by


Midnight 7th May 2021

Project Proposals appraised, prioritised and submitted to Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)

Noon on 18 June 2021

Bids assessed by UK government and announcements


Anticipated late July / early August 2021

Estimated project start date

Anticipated August/September 2021

Project activity completed and funding spent by

31 March 2022


Select a heading to read further information

There are 4 Community Renewal Fund investment priorities. Projects may align with one, or deliver across several investment priorities:

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

The Community Renewal Fund will support innovative responses to local challenges and local need and proposals that test greater integration of types of interventions.

Cornwall Council is seeking bids that demonstrate innovation in service delivery that deliver the above investment priorities in the following areas:

Town centre, rural and coastal vitality.

We welcome projects that deliver against the Community Renewal Fund Investment Priorities to support economic prosperity linked to town, rural and coastal vitality. Our towns and villages have a huge part to play in place-based growth and prosperity and tackling the impacts of COVID-19. We are inviting proposals that demonstrate innovation in tackling town centre decline, reinvigorating high streets, creating opportunities and tackling deprivation in Cornwall’s rural and coastal areas and meeting the needs of a locally driven green and digital economy. 

Reducing the digital divide

We wish to invite projects to submit applications that will design and deliver innovative solutions that will help address the challenges of digital exclusion, data poverty and connectivity and maximise the opportunities presented through digital approaches to business diversification and transformation, employment and skills, and careers and enterprise outcomes.

Geographic Coverage - projects should benefit Cornwall as a whole, or where required and led by local evidence, projects can name specific towns or villages.

Proposals will be assessed on:

Strategic fit

All proposed projects will be assessed against the following strategic fit considerations:

  • Level of contribution to local needs articulated in relevant local plans and with evidence of local support
  • Level of contribution to an investment priority
  • The extent of contribution to net zero objectives, or wider environmental considerations
  • The extent to which the project can inform UK Shared Prosperity
  • The extent to which the project demonstrates innovation in service delivery

Deliverability, effectiveness, and efficiency

All proposed projects will be assessed against the following deliverability, effectiveness and efficiency considerations:

  • That it can be delivered by March 2022 with realistic milestones identified
  • Project risks have been identified and are adequately mitigated, including project-level management controls
  • The applicant sets out an efficient mode of delivery, taking account of the level of innovation proposed and will operate at an appropriate scale.
  • That 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 for the project

Further details on assessment

  • Call for Project Proposals released 6th April 2021
  • 7th May 2021, midnight - projects submitted to Cornwall Council
  • Cornwall Council assess project proposals
  • Officer Panel undertakes draft prioritisation exercise
  • Cornwall Council sign off successful project for submission to Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)
  • 18 June 2021, 12noon - Portfolio of projects submitted to MHCLG
  • ANTICIPATED Late July 2021 - MHCLG approve projects
  • August/September 2021 - Cornwall Council contracts with approved projects
  • August/September 2021 - Projects commence
  • November/December 2021 - Mid point delivery review
  • 15 March 2022 - Practical completion for all projects

UK Community Renewal Fund: Cornwall Council Privacy Notice

Updated 24 March 2021

  1. The identity of the data controller and contact details of our Data Protection Officer

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is a data controller for all UK Community Renewal Fund related personal data collected with the relevant forms submitted to MHCLG, and the control and processing of Personal Data.

The Data Protection Officer for MHCLG can be contacted at

Mayoral Combined Authorities, the Greater London Authority, County Councils or Unitary Authorities, have been designated as a ‘Lead Authority’ in Great Britain for the UK Community Renewal Fund. Each Lead Authority has been invited to run a local bidding process and will be a joint data controller for all UK Community Renewal Fund related Personal Data collected with the relevant forms as part of this process, and the control and processing of Personal Data, where such applications are not submitted to MHCLG for consideration.

The local Data Controller for all the information you provide on this form is Cornwall Council, New County Hall, Truro TR1 3AY. Data Protection Registration Number: Z1745294

  1. Why we are collecting your personal data

Your personal data is being collected as an essential part of the UK Community Renewal Fund bidding process, so that we can contact you regarding your bid and for monitoring purposes. We may also use it to contact you about matters specific to the Fund.

  1. Legal basis for processing your personal data

Cornwall Council will process all data according to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (UK GDPR) and all applicable laws and regulations relating to processing of Personal Data and privacy, including, where necessary, the guidance and codes of practice issued by the Information Commissioner and any other relevant data protection regulations (together “the Data Protection Legislation (as amended from time to time)”).

The Data Protection Legislation sets out when we are lawfully allowed to process your data.  The lawful basis that applies to this processing is Article 6 (1) (e) of the UK GDPR; that processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller; data being processed belongs to business contacts processed during the routine course of business of a government department.

  1. With whom we will be sharing the data

As part of the process of selecting and monitoring the UK Community Renewal Fund, Cornwall Council will share your personal data with relevant internal services and government departments including:

  • Cornwall Council Finance and Commercial Service
  • Cornwall Council Legal Services
  • Ministry of Housing and Local Government (MHCLG)
  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT)
  • Cabinet Office
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Department of International Trade
  • Other Local Authorities where collaboration of delivery efforts across Local Authority Boundaries adds value to deliver (i.e. Council for the Isles of Scilly and Devon County Council)
  • Key local stakeholders (e.g. the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership or Higher Education providers) who may be involved in the assessment and bid development process

The data may also be shared with contractors where they are used for monitoring purposes, to evaluate the programme. Their contract will set out what they are permitted to do with personal data.

  1. For how long we will keep the personal data, or criteria used to determine the retention period.

If your bid is successful, your personal data will be held for up to two years from the closure of the bidding process. This is currently estimated to be July 2023. As part of the monitoring process, we will contact you regularly to ensure our records are up to date.

Should your bid be unsuccessful it will be held for audit purposes but will be deleted in line with the Council’s Retention Policy.

  1. Your rights, e.g. access, rectification, erasure

Your personal information belongs to you and you have the right to:

  • be informed of how we will process it
  • request a copy of what we hold about you and in commonly used electronic format if you wish (if you provided this to us electronically for automated processing, we will return it in the same way)
  • have it amended if it’s incorrect or incomplete
  • have it deleted (where we do not have a legal requirement to retain it)
  • withdraw your consent if you no longer wish us to process
  • restrict how we process it
  • object to us using it for marketing or research purposes
  • object to us using it in relation to a legal task or in the exercise of an official authority
  • request that a person reviews an automated decision where it has had an adverse effect on you
  1. Sending data overseas

Your data will be held within Cornwall Council’s secure network and premises and will not be processed outside of the UK. Access to your information will only be made to authorised members of staff who are required to process it for the purposes outlined in this privacy notice.

Any sub-contractor(s) or external organisations detailed in this privacy notice will also maintain the same levels of security that we do which are set out in the contract we have with them.

  1. Automated decision making

We will not use your data for any automated decision making.

  1. Storage, security and data management

Your personal data will be stored in a secure Council IT system. Where data is shared with third parties, as set out in section 4 above, we require third parties to respect the security of your data and to treat it in accordance with the law. All third parties are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies.

  1. Complaints and more information

If you would like to access any of the information we hold about you or have concerns regarding the way we have processed your information, please contact: Data Protection Officer Cornwall Council County Hall Truro TR1 3AY Tel: 01872 326424 Email:

We would prefer any complaints to be made to us initially so that we have the opportunity to see if we can put things right. However, if you are unhappy with the way we have processed your information or how we have responded to your request to exercise any of your rights in relation to your data, you can raise your concerns direct with the Information Commissioner’s Office Tel No. 0303 123 1113

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