Anglesey was named as one of the 100 priority areas for the Community Renewal Fund in the Chancellor’s budget on 3 March, with the Council receiving £20,000 capacity funding to help them prepare bids for the deadline of 18 June.
Working in conjunction with MP for Ynys Môn, Virginia Crosbie, the Council is inviting businesses and organisations on Anglesey to submit Expressions of Interest for the fund before 4pm this Friday (30 April). Bids should be focussed on these key areas:
- Investment in skills.
- Investment for local business.
- Investment in communities and place.
- Supporting people into employment.
The Community Renewal Fund is a one-off funding pot of £220 million launched ahead of the Shared Prosperity Fund which will be launched next year as the UK Government’s replacement for EU development and social grants.
Representatives of Isle of Anglesey County Council said:
“Ideas and projects that have the greatest potential to deliver against key local priorities to help the island’s economy recover from the Covid-19 pandemic will be prioritised.
“We would encourage as many local businesses and organisations as possible to submit an expression of interest form through the County Council’s website.”
Anglesey MP Virginia Crosbie, who will be working with the Council to assess bids said:
“The support of the local Member of Parliament is an important element of cementing success in the Community Renewal Fund and I have already been contacted by a number of local charities, businesses and enterprises keen to put forward their ideas.
“I am already speaking with Ministers from the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government who are administering the fund. I want to promote Anglesey as an area in real need of levelling up so that we can maximise our chance of success.
“By selecting the best projects Anglesey can truly benefit from this fund. Through the Community Renewal Fund this year and the Shared Prosperity Fund thereafter, I believe that the island can see massive benefits from the community-led approach that the UK Government has adopted.
“I am very excited about working with the Council to assess and select the projects to put forward for this Fund.”