Applications for £220million community fund open

15 April 2021

Thurrock Council is calling for applications to the £220million UK Community Renewal Fund.

The government fund aims to support organisations that wish to bring forward new imaginative ideas and innovative approaches that improve skills, support local businesses and communities, and enhance employment opportunities for Thurrock residents.

The council has been designated as a lead authority by the government for local applications. Applicants can include business groups, the voluntary sector, community organisations and local education providers. Bids should build on local insight and knowledge, and align with long-term local growth plans, supporting community renewal and residents most in need.

Up to £220million of funding will be allocated to successful project bids across the UK. The council will be able to submit a shortlist of projects up to a total value of £3million to government for approval.

All proposals for the Community Renewal Fund should be submitted to Thurrock Council by midday, Thursday 20 May 2021 with early submission strongly encouraged.

Applications will then be assessed and a shortlist submitted by the council to the government's Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) on 18 June 2021.

The new fund has been launched to pilot approaches in preparation for the introduction of the government's UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022.

All bids must meet a strict set of criteria to be considered for submission. Find out more at