UK Community Renewal Fund

The Community Renewal Fund (CRF) has been introduced by the UK Government for 2021/22 to support people and communities most in need across the UK.

The West Midlands Combined Authority has been nominated lead authority for the fund and is required to gather applications from Local Authorities, Universities, Colleges, Third Sector organisations and others.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 12 May at 12 noon and all applications must be completed using the national application form.

You can find all key information in our Invitation to Bid.

We are interested in bids in four key areas:

  1. Investment in skills
  2. Investment in local business
  3. Investment in communities and place
  4. Supporting people into employment

See the Regional Priorities section of our Invitation to Bid for more information. 

Government has identified 100 “priority places”, including 5 local authorities in the West Midlands (Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton).

Please read the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus and the UK Community Fund Technical Note for Project Applicants and Deliverers before starting work on a bid. 

If you have any questions, please email us at CRF@wmca.org.uk

Deadlines

Thursday 1 April - Open for bid applications

Wednesday 12 May ( at 12 noon) - Close Bidding Process

Friday 18 June - Shortlist of bids submitted to MHCLG

Late July/August - Projects selected and funding provided

End March 2022 - All activity completed

Third Sector Support

The West Midlands Combined Authority have engaged with regional third sector organisations in ‘priority places’ to provide support to voluntary and community organisations in understanding the Community Renewal Fund and coordinating applications.

If you are organisation from the sector within one of the 5 priority places the West Midlands Combined Authority recommend you engage with your area lead, as detailed below.

If you are from Coventry or Solihull, please reach out to us directly at CRF@wmca.org.uk 

 

Contact us

If you have any queries about Community Renewal Fund please contact us on:  CRF@wmca.org.uk

 

Click on your local authority area to find out what support is available to voluntary and community organisations:

Organisation: Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC)

Lead: Brian Carr

Email: BrianC@bvsc.org

 

Social Enterprise Support from iSE

Lead: Sarah Crawley

Email: sarah.crawley@i-se.co.uk

Organisation: WMCA

Email: CRF@wmca.org.uk 

Organisation: Dudley Council for Voluntary Service (Dudley CVS)

Lead: Andy Gray

Email: andygray@dudleycvs.org.uk 

 

Social Enterprise Support from iSE

Lead: Sarah Crawley

Email: sarah.crawley@i-se.co.uk

Organisation: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

Lead: Mark Davis

Email: Mark@scvo.info

 

Social Enterprise Support from iSE

Lead: Sarah Crawley

Email: sarah.crawley@i-se.co.uk

Organisation: WMCA

Email: CRF@wmca.org.uk 

 

Organisation: One Walsall

Lead: Manjit Dehal

Email: ManjitD@onewalsall.org

 

Social Enterprise Support from iSE

Lead: Sarah Crawley

Email: sarah.crawley@i-se.co.uk

Organisation: Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council (WVSC)

Lead: Ian Darch

Email: idarch@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk

 

Social Enterprise Support from iSE

Lead: Sarah Crawley

Email: sarah.crawley@i-se.co.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions received from all bidders can be found here with updates uploaded on a weekly basis.

FAQ (Version 5) - Updated Wednesday 12 May