Organisations urged to bid for Community Renewal Fund

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Organisations with ideas to help Cornwall’s towns and rural areas thrive and make the most of digital connectivity are being urged to submit their plans as part of a new fund which will open for applications on April 6, 2021.

Whitehall is providing Community Renewal Funding in 2021/22 in preparation for the Shared Prosperity Fund.

Now, the Council, which has been chosen by Government as the Lead Authority, will be inviting project bids in line with two themes – ‘town centre and rural and coastal vitality’ and ‘reducing the digital divide’.

Organisations will be asked to submit applications that deliver innovation in the delivery of support for local businesses, helping people into employment and investment in communities.

Tim Dwelly, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Economy and Planning, said: “This funding is an opportunity for organisations in Cornwall to come forward with their ideas that will support our towns and high streets to thrive and that embrace the opportunities presented by digital connectivity, helping businesses to grow and residents to find new and better paid employment.

“We are looking forward to receiving ideas that inspire our communities and our places to grow and that pave the way for future funding from the Shared Prosperity Fund for Cornwall.”

Interested organisations are advised to read the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus and the UK Community Fund Technical Note for Project Applicants and Deliverers to gain further detail on this funding and prepare themselves for this opportunity. You can read more about this on the Government's website.

Successful UK Community Renewal Fund bids will be for 2021/22 only and activity must end in March 2022.

The themes of digital inclusion and town and rural vitality have been informed by local stakeholders following identification of gaps in existing provision and to respond to the need to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cornwall Council intends to issue its open call for the Community Renewal Fund on April 6, 2021 with applications to be submitted by May 7, 2021. A set of Frequently Asked Questions and an application form aligned to the national guidance will also be made available.

For more details contact economicdevelopment@cornwall.gov.uk.

Submission to the Government is anticipated to be on June 18, 2021.

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