Community Renewal Fund

North Somerset Council, in partnership with local organisations, received more than £2.8m of government funding to support people and communities in need.

The combined bid for £2,836,811 from the UK Community Renewal Fund will be used to invest in skills, communities and businesses, and by supporting people into employment.

Four successful projects will be delivered during the first half of 2022. These are:

Enabling Thriving Places in North Somerset

Awarded £672,562 to deliver a placemaking research project. This will inform the interventions, projects and spaces to build social fabric, boost recovery and resilience, and create places where people want to work, visit and live. The project will include a decarbonisation feasibility study programme across schools, council and public assets.

North Somerset Council is working in partnership with Bristol City Council.

North Somerset Community Hubs

Awarded £699,997 to create a network of community hubs to test locally designed approaches to delivery of services in rural areas and smaller towns and villages. The projects will work across three strands:

  • research and outreach
  • participatory action research
  • location specific feasibility studies and business plans.

North Somerset Council is working in partnership with Voluntary Action North Somerset, Clevedon Town Council, Flax Bourton Community Hub, Long Ashton Coronavirus Support Network, Portishead Town Council, The Stable Weston.

We are proud to also be working with the North Somerset Black Minority Ethnic (BME) Forum and the West of England Rural Network.

North Somerset Works Together

Awarded £585,851 to deliver a multi-partnership delivery model to enhance the employment and skills offer. This will address individuals’ employment barriers and match vacancies with jobseekers in our most deprived communities.

North Somerset Council is working in partnership with Weston College, Voluntary Action North Somerset and Curo.

Accelerate – Supporting Business in North Somerset

Awarded £878,401 to deliver targeted and flexible support for businesses and individuals using a partnership approach. The project will assess the suitability/effectiveness of different delivery models and how they add value to existing provision including a new business station in central Weston-super-Mare.

North Somerset Council is working in partnership with The Food and Drink Forum, North Somerset Enterprise Agency and University College Weston.

How it works

North Somerset Council was responsible for inviting, assessing and selecting the bids sent to the government for consideration. We prioritised those with the greatest potential to deliver local growth priorities, such as investment in skills, local business, communities and place, and supporting people into employment.

The national £220m UK Community Renewal Fund will provide funding to help places across the UK prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund next year, which is replacing EU Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

Regular updates from these projects will be published across the council’s social media channels and on our news page.