UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) 2021/22

The UK Government recently launched this fund with the aim of supporting people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches, in preparation for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022.

Moray Council would like to invite bids which build on local insight and knowledge, align with long-term strategic plans for local growth, and support innovation and new ideas.

The four national investment priorities:

  • Skills: including work-based training, retraining and digital skills/inclusion
  • Local business: including supporting entrepreneurs, innovation and decarbonisation
  • Communities and place: including feasibility studies for net zero projects, opportunities for culture-led regeneration, green spaces and rural connectivity.
  • Supporting people into employment: including addressing barriers to employment, raising aspirations, and basic skills.

This is a revenue funding programme and projects must be delivered and financially completed by 31st March 2022. Projects should ideally have a minimum planned expenditure of £200,000 where possible to maximise any impact.

The maximum value of the bids identified by the Council must come to no more than £3m. Projects are required to align with long-term strategic plans for local growth, target people most in need, and support community renewal.


How to bid

Please read the following documentation before starting work on a bid.

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


Who can apply?

  • Any legally constituted organisation delivering an appropriate service may submit a bid, including but not limited to College/UHI, third sector organisations, umbrella business groups and public bodies.
  • Private sector organisations and registered charities that provide a service to benefit other organisations or individuals, may submit a bid. However they will not receive funding if the intention of the project is to further their own business/organisation e.g. through the purchase of equipment or offsetting additional staffing or other costs.

Applications must be submitted to Moray Council by Friday 21 May 2021 at 24.00 at this email address:

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a competitive process and Moray Council and the UK Government will not enter into discussions with bidders.


Assessment of applications

Council in consultation with relevant partners will produce a shortlist of projects compiling up to £3 million by considering bids which respond to a need identified in the Prospectus, do not duplicate existing national or local provision, and will be delivered by a legally constituted organisation that can receive public funds. It is expected that all bids will demonstrate how they support the implementation of the

Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (PDF)

Moray Economic Strategy 2019-2029 (PDF)

Climate Change Strategy 2020-2030 (PDF)

Following assessment Moray Council will submit those eligible bids which most strongly meet the UK Community Renewal Fund and local priorities to the UK Government for consideration.

The UK Government will assess all bids submitted by lead authorities against the criteria set out in the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus.

The UK Government will announce the outcome of the assessment process from late July 2021 onwards. Moray Council will enter into a funding agreement with successful bidders.


Time table

Application round launched 6 May 2021.

Application deadline 21 May 2021.

Recommendations to Economic Growth, Housing & E. Sustainability Committee 8 June 2021.

Submission of Moray application to UK Government 18 June 2021.

UK Government will provide decision on submission late July 2021.

Moray Council will notify any successful applicants and delivery will commence early August 2021.

Mid-point review and monitoring of projects by Moray Council Nov/Dec 2021.

Delivery including financial completion of all projects by 31 March 2022.

Privacy Policy

The UK Community Renewal Fund Privacy Policy sets out how we will manage your data if you bid.

For any enquiries please contact us via email


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