UK Community Renewal Fund – £12m available in South Yorks in 2021-22

Written by Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority

The UK Government has announced £220 million investment in the UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) in its budget on 3 March 2021. The UKCRF is the pre-cursor to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UKCRF aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches and will invest in skills, community and place, local business and supporting people into employment. Projects must be delivered by March 2022 and eligible applicants include business support organisations; voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations; and education providers, including Colleges and Universities.

Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority has been designated as a lead authority by the UK Government.

Working with the four local councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield we are now seeking proposals from across the region for submission to the Government in June.

Application process

The MCA has published a ‘call’ document which is available here. The document provides prospective bidders with the information needed to submit a proposal.

Interested organisations are also advised to read the:

The Prospectus provides detailed information on the objectives of the UKCRF, the types of projects it intends to support and how it operates, including the process and selection criteria that will be used to assess bids.

Application Form

The Government will be using a standardised application form which can be found here.


We will be hosting the first of a number of webinars to support partners understand the process for developing and submitting CRF proposals.

The first webinar took place on Monday 26th April between 13:00 – 14:00.

Further information

If you have questions about developing or submitting a scheme in your local area please use the contact details below:

For multi-area bids Sheffield City Region Combined Authority