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The UK Community Renewal Fund

The UK Community Renewal Fund was announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Budget on 3rd March 2021 and further detail provided to Local Authorities on 18 March. Current UK Government Information on the Fund is available at
Administered nationally by the Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), and at a local level by Local Authorities, a range of project applicants, including but not limited to: education providers, third, voluntary and community sector organisations, will be able to submit project bids to the Council. 

These projects will then be assessed on meeting local or strategic identified need, and will be sent to the MHCLG for consideration and approval. This is a competitive process whereby not all applications will be successful. We will be following the UK Government criteria.

Projects must deliver activity that is in line with the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus, and align with at least one of the following investment priorities:

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

All approved Projects must complete by the end of March 2022

Local Authorities will be able to submit a shortlist of bids from their area up to a maximum value of £3m.

Please note - the assessment process for applications includes demonstrating alignment with local strategies and plans. The link to the council Corporate Priorities for residents and communities can be found in Useful Links below. Please do reference within your application how your project links with local priorities.
Whilst your project may be any size, the UK Government encourages applicants to maximise impact and deliverability through larger projects (£500,000+) where possible. You may wish to consider applying in partnership with groups and organisations with similar aims.

Bid submission will open on Friday 7th May, and close at 17:00 on Monday 31st May. 

How to apply

Bids must be submitted using the UK Community Renewal Fund Application Form. Bids submitted in any other format will not be accepted.

Bids must be submitted to Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council using this email address:

The final list of priority bids will be submitted by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council to the MHCLG by noon on June 18, 2021.

Useful links and documents

The Council’s Corporate Priorities/Well-being Objectives | Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council 

Prospectus, Application Form and Technical Note for Project Applicant –  available in English & Welsh

UK Community Renewal Fund: prospectus - GOV.UK (


UK Community Renewal Fund: frequently asked questions - GOV.UK (

UKCRF - Cwestiynau Cyffredin (


  • 7 May – Fund opens for applications
  • 31 May – Deadline for applications to be submitted
  • 18 June - Deadline for Lead Authority to submit prioritised list of applications to UK Government
  • End July - successful projects confirmed for delivery by UK Government; communicated to successful applicants by Lead Authority
  • Remainder of 2021-22 – successful projects will be monitored by the Lead Authority
  • 31 March 2022 - project delivery end date