The Community Renewal Fund (CRF) has been introduced by the UK Government for 2021/22 to support people and communities most in need across the UK. This is a pilot fund for the future Shared Prosperity Fund (a replacement for European funding).
The West Midlands Combined Authority has been nominated lead authority for the fund in the West Midlands and is required to gather applications from Local Authorities, Universities, Colleges, Third Sector organisations and others. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 12 May at 12 noon and all applications must be completed using the national application form.
Download the Briefing Note to find out more about UK Community Renewal Fund for the Birmingham area.

Full details about the WMCA Invitation to Bid can be found here.

The government has identified 100 “priority places”, including 5 local authorities in the West Midlands (Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton) and bids are sought in four key areas/themes:
  • Investment in skills;
  • Investment in local business;
  • Investment in communities and place;
  • Supporting people into employment.
(See the Regional Priorities section of the Invitation to Bid for more information).
Third Sector Support Offer
The West Midlands Combined Authority have engaged with regional third sector umbrella organisations in ‘priority places’ to provide support to voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations in understanding the Community Renewal Fund and coordinating applications.
If you are an organisation from the sector within one of the 5 priority places, the West Midlands Combined Authority recommends that you engage with your area lead, as detailed below. If you are from Coventry or Solihull, please reach out to WMCA directly at [email protected].
Area Organisation  Responsible Lead Contact
Birmingham Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) Brian Carr [email protected]
Sandwell Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations Mark Davis [email protected]
Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council Ian Darch [email protected]
Walsall One Walsall Manjit Dehal [email protected]
Dudley Dudley Council for Voluntary Service (Dudley CVS) Andy Gray [email protected]
Coventry & Solihull WMCA WMCA [email protected]
Social Enterprise iSE Sarah Crawley [email protected]
Bids must be submitted using the UK Community Renewal Fund Application Form, which is available here: