The UK Community Renewal Fund in NI - Information Session for Voluntary and Community Sector organisations **REGISTRATION CLOSED**

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17 May 2021 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

On the 17th May NICVA will host an information session for voluntary and community sector organisations on the recently launched UK Community Renewal Fund and how delivery of the fund shall operate in Northern Ireland.

About this Event

At this event we will be joined by senior representatives from the UK Governments Cities and Local Growth Unit, a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) which is responsible for implementation and delivery of the Fund.

They will provide an overview of the UK Community Renewal Fund and its priorities, outline how delivery shall operate in NI and answer attendees questions regarding the fund.


  • 14.00 Introductions - Geoff Nuttall, Head of Policy & Public Affairs, NICVA
  • 14.05 Overview of the UK Community Renewal Fund in NI -Tony Bray, Deputy Director, Funding Delivery and Shocks Directorate, Cities and Local Growth Unit, MHCLG/BEIS.
  • 14.25 Question & Answer Session
  • 14.50 Final remarks and Close

How to register

This event will be delivered online using the Zoom platform. You will receive log in details in advance of the event once you register.

You can register for this event by completing the Event Registration Request at the end of this page.


About the UK Community Renewal Fund

The UK Government launched this £220 million fund in end March 2021 which it says will help places across the UK prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The Government say the fund will support communities across the UK in 2021-22 to pilot programmes and new approaches as the government moves away from the EU Structural Funds model and towards the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Funding will be allocated competitively.

Investment priorities for the fund have been identified as:

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

The government say that in order to nurture innovative thinking and offer flexibility, projects may align with one, or deliver across several, of the investment priorities. There will be no ringfences applied across these themes. 90% of funding available through the UK Community Renewal Fund is revenue funding.

Delivery in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has received £11 million of this funding and unlike other parts of the UK, where the fund will be managed by lead authorities/councils, in Northern Ireland the UK government is taking a different approach, which it says takes account of our different local government landscape. In Northern Ireland the fund will be managed centrally by the UK Government.

All areas in Northern Ireland are eligible for funding and applicants will apply directly to the UK government via the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Bids will be accepted from a range of local applicants, including,  but not limited to universities, voluntary and community sector organisations, and umbrella business groups. By treating Northern Ireland as one geographical area the government say this will ensure all communities have equal access to apply for the Fund.

The fund is currently open for applications in NI.

Bids should be submitted by applicants to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government by noon on Friday 18th June 2021 by emailing  [email protected].

Bids received after the deadline will not be considered. The UK Government says it will confirm which projects will receive funding from late July 2021 onwards.

Further Information

For more information about the Fund, it’s priorities, and how to apply, visit :

You can also view Frequently Asked Questions about the fund here: UK Community Renewal Fund: frequently asked questions - GOV.UK (


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