Call is now open for the UK Community Renewal Fund for the North of Tyne area.

UK Community Renewal Fund

The UK Community Renewal Fund (CRF) comprises £220 million of investment across the UK and will be the pre-cursor to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund to be launched in 2022. The CRF aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches and will invest in skills, community and place, local business and supporting people into employment.

UK Government identified the North of Tyne Combined Authority as the Lead Authority for Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland and North Tyneside with responsibility for inviting, assessing, prioritising, and submitting bids to government of up to £9m in total (£3m max for each place with Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumberland designated priority places and North Tyneside designed ‘other’ (see Places and Lead Authorities) ).

Eligible applicants include business support organisations; voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations; and education providers, including Colleges and Universities.

NTCA’s role as lead authority is to:

-Invite bids from a range of project applicants

-Appraise and prioritise bids up to a maximum of £3m per place

-Submit a short list to UK Government who will select projects based on the published assessment criteria.


Invitation to Bid

The Invitation to Bid sets out the local requirements NTCA will use in prioritising submissions to UK Government, including specific local priorities, how applications will be assessed by NTCA and how applications should be submitted.

Our Invitation to Bid document reflects local priorities and should be read in conjunction with UK Government CRF guidance, assessment criteria and application form currently on UK Community Renewal Fund documents and forms.


Submitting a Bid

Bids must be submitted using the UK Community Renewal Fund Application Form.

Bids submitted in any other format will not be accepted.

Bids must be submitted to the North of Tyne Combined Authority using this email address:

Bids must be submitted by midnight on Friday 7th May 2021.

The government prospectus, guidance, assessment criteria and application form can be found at UK Community Renewal Fund: prospectus – GOV.UK (

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a competitive process and the NTCA’s bid assessment team and the UK Government will not be able to enter into discussions with bidders.

You can find the bid timeline below.




Invitation to bid published on NTCA website: 31st March 2021

-Deadline for submission of bids to NTCA:  Midnight, Friday, 7th May 2021 (late submissions will not be accepted).

-NTCA Appraisal and Shortlist Process (assessment, due diligence, shortlist, Investment Panel): May-June 2021

-NTCA submits portfolio of shortlisted projects to Government: Noon on 18th June

-Government announcement of successful bids: Anticipated Late July 2021 onwards.

All projects completed by end of March 2022


Privacy Notice

North of Tyne Combined Authority’s Privacy notice covering the UK Community Renewal Fund can be accessed here.  NTCA is the data controller for personal information we collect from you in relation to bids submitted to the Lead Authority. If your bid is shortlisted, NTCA is a Joint Data Controller with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in respect of applications submitted to the Secretary of State for consideration. NTCA and the Department will process all data according to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (UK GDPR) all applicable laws and regulations relating to the processing of Personal Data and privacy, including, where necessary, the guidance and codes of practice issued by the Information Commissioner and any other relevant data protection regulations (together ‘the Data Protection Legislation (as amended from time to time)).


You can find the Invitation to Bid document here, or in the links below.

You can find the Privacy Notice here, or in the links below.

You can find the CRF Q&A here, or in the links below.

Here is the presentation from our webinar held on 25th March 2021 – this sets out our proposed approach and timescales.