Shortlisted applications from organisations in North Somerset to the UK Community Renewal Fund have been submitted to the Government. Individual organisations included as part of this combined package will be awarded funding from this pot if our bid is successful.
Projects were invited in line with local and national priorities. The shortlisted projects were:
North Somerset Works Together
A multi-partnership delivery model to enhance the employment and skills offer by addressing individuals’ employment barriers and matching vacancies with jobseekers in our most deprived communities.
Enabling Thriving Places in North Somerset
A placemaking research project that will inform the interventions, projects and spaces to build social fabric, boost recovery and resilience, and create places where people want to work, visit and live. The project will include a decarbonisation feasibility study programme across schools, council and public assets.
Supporting Business in North Somerset
A partnership approach delivering targeted or flexible business or skills support for businesses and individuals. The project will assess the suitability/effectiveness of different delivery models and how they add value to existing provision including a new business station in central Weston-super-Mare.
North Somerset Community Hubs
A project to create a network of community hubs and test locally designed approaches to delivery of services in rural areas and smaller towns and villages. The projects will work across three strands:
- research and outreach
- participatory action research
- location specific feasibility studies and business plans
A financial inclusion project focussing on specific pockets of deprivation that aims to build financial resilience, financial inclusion, and delivering targeted specific support schemes.
Champion Age Diversity
A project to embed age diversity values at the centre of employment through positive messaging to employers and providing a range of support measures to older people returning to work including upskilling and access to digital skills training and further education.
The decision by Government is expected at the end of July. If we are successful we will administer the new funding to support local areas in preparation for the launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022.