North Somerset awarded £2.8m from UK Community Renewal Fund

12:54pm - 17 December 2021
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North Somerset Council has received more than £2.8m of government funding to support people and communities in need.

The combined bid, in partnership with local organisations, 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.

The four successful projects, which will be delivered during the first half of 2022, are:

  1. Enabling Thriving Places in North Somerset – awarded £672,562
  2. North Somerset Community Hubs – awarded £699,997
  3. North Somerset Works Together – awarded £585,851
  4. Supporting Business in North Somerset – awarded £878,401

As a lead authority, North Somerset Council was responsible for inviting, assessing and selecting bids sent to the government for consideration. It will pay grants to the successful projects and manage their performance.

In selecting the bids forwarded to the government for consideration, the council prioritised those with the greatest potential to deliver against the following key local growth priorities:

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

Councillor Mark Canniford, North Somerset Council’s executive member for placemaking and economy, said: “It was great to see so many local organisations come forward with their ideas to increase the prosperity, health and wellbeing of our residents, and to support our towns and communities to thrive. Winning this funding is brilliant news for the area.”

Councillor Catherine Gibbons, North Somerset Council’s executive member responsible for lifelong learning, said: “Not only will this funding enable us to work with partners to provide more support our local businesses and community groups, but it will also be used to develop and improve opportunities and skills for residents following the significant hardships caused by the pandemic. This is very important work and I’m delighted to see these projects be put in motion.”

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).

More information can be found on the council’s website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/crf