UK Community Renewal Fund

Applications closed

Please note that the deadline for applications to the UK Community Renewal Fund has now passed and applications are no longer being accepted.


The UK Government is providing £220m through the UK Community Renewal Fund to help areas across the UK move smoothly away from the EU Structural Fund programme. This fund will help to prepare the way during 2021-22 for the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund by offering the opportunity to pilot new approaches. 

The Scottish Borders has been designated a priority place to receive UK Community Renewal Fund up to a maximum of £3m. 

The aim of the fund is to support communities to pilot new ideas and approaches to better support people and communities in need. It will support innovative responses to local challenges and local needs.

Investment Priorities

To nurture innovative thinking and flexibility, projects should align with one or more of the following investment priorities:

  • investment of skills
  • investment for local business
  • investment in communities and place
  • supporting people into employment

There are no ring-fences applied across the themes. 90% of funding available will be for revenue, up to 10% can be for capital but 1-2% of the award must be used for evaluation to inform potential development for the future. Projects financed by the UK Community Renewal Fund must be completed by end March 2022.

Invitation to bid

Access to the UK Community Renewal Fund is through an open bidding process.  

More information, a prospectus, technical note and application form are available on our website.

Please note, the Technical Note for Project Applicants and Deliverers and the Application Form are correct at the time of upload, UK Government may choose to update these so please ensure you use the most up to date versions from the links provided in the Bidding Document.

Please read the instructions in the bidding document and associated guidance carefully to ensure you and your project is eligible to apply. Failure to comply with these may invalidate your bid which must be returned to us by 12noon on Monday 17 May 2021. 

Please also ensure you send the supporting documentation requested in the bidding document.

If your bid is not submitted by this time and date it will not be eligible for consideration.