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Fund puts jobs at the heart of submissions

Removing barriers to employment will be the focus for projects seeking support from the UK Community Renewal Fund.

Gloucestershire County Council is looking for submissions of innovative projects which can boost the county's economy.

The fund is the forerunner to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund which will replace EU Structural Funds and is due to be formally launched later in the year.

The council's executive director of economy, environment and infrastructure Colin Chick said: "We are interested in project proposals that align with the county's economic ambitions and boost local employment opportunities as we emerge from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Most importantly, this funding opportunity is about supporting Gloucestershire in the long term by helping people who need it most to reach their full potential."

Projects must deliver activity in line with at least one of the UK Community Renewal Fund priorities - investment in skills, local business or communities and place plus supporting people into employment.

The council will shortlist bids as part of the county's submission for funding on projects largely between £500,000 and £3million, although smaller bids will be considered.

Projects should be revenue based and not focus on the construction or major refurbishment of buildings, the purchase of land nor the purchase of large pieces of equipment.

Bids must be submitted to the county council by midnight on May 9 and activity must end in March 2022 with announcements on successful bids due in the summer.

For more information on the bid process, visit gloucestershire.gov.uk/business-property-and-economy/uk-community-renewal-fund/

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