Funding and Tender Opportunities

Funding and tender opportunities currently available for schemes and proposals in the SCR are set out on this page:

European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) - Current Calls
Young People’s Mental Health and Employability Support Programme - Sheffield City Region (OC28S21P1837)

Call to run a project to deliver intensive, innovative and holistic support to young people with mental health issues – through a portfolio of individually tailored provision.

Through this call the Managing Authority is seeking projects to deliver intensive, innovative and holistic support to young people with mental health issues – such as sleeplessness, depression and anxiety – who are disengaged from mainstream activity and at increased risk of NEET or long-term unemployment through a portfolio of individually tailored provision. Provision will tackle the damage done by, and mitigate the impact of, the pandemic on a particularly vulnerable cohort by helping them prepare for work and transition into learning and work, including provision introduced under the Government’s Jobs Plan for long term unemployed.

The programmes of activity can be delivered across the whole of South Yorkshire by a single provider, consortium of providers or individual proposals that align with specific Local Authority areas (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and/or Sheffield). Evidence will be expected of alignment to and partnership with existing mental health and employability services offered at local level (statutory and non-statutory provision).

For more information, download the call specification.

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Current Tenders

We use the ProContract online tendering system, both to advertise opportunities and for bidders to submit responses. Suppliers can register their details free of charge.

Current opportunities can be found by selecting the “Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority Group” from the Organisations list.

All relevant opportunities over £25,000 will also be advertised on Contracts Finder. Tenders over the EU thresholds will additionally be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) until 11pm on the 31 December and the Find a Tender Service (FTS) notification system thereafter.

UK Community Renewal Fund

UK Community Renewal Fund

Sheffield City Region Combined Authority has been designated as a lead authority by the UK Government. The UK Government announced £220 million investment in the UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) in its budget on 3 March 2021. The UKCRF is the pre-cursor to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UKCRF 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. Projects must be delivered by March 2022 and eligible applicants include business support organisations; voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations; and education providers, including Colleges and Universities.

Application process

Organisations wishing to deliver activity as part of the UKCRF. Interested organisations are advised to read the:

The Prospectus provides detailed information on the objectives of the UKCRF, the types of projects it intends to support and how it operates, including the process and selection criteria that will be used to assess bids.

For more information on the the UK Community Renewal Fund click here.

Any queries ahead of the guidance opening, please contact

Peer Networks

Peer Networks

Peer Networks is a national initiative that will be delivered locally in England through the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) network and their respective Growth Hubs. The programme’s longer-term aims are focused on reducing the UK productivity gap by helping business leaders find practical solutions to strategic and operational challenges. It also forms part of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, working with the EU, seeking to improve the resilience of SMEs, their capability to adapt their business models to the “new normal” and position themselves for future success, driving longer-term productivity gains. Peer Networks is only operational in England.

The programme will see the creation of a series of Peer Networks (cohorts) through the Growth Hub network, with each group consisting of 11 owners or managers from the SME business community participating in each network. Led by an experienced facilitator, these Peer Networks will typically meet fortnightly as part of delivering 18 hours of action learning through 2-3-hour sessions. Individual one-to-one support (coaching, mentoring, or advice) will also be provided either directly by the programme, or from other existing schemes to help to implement and manage change. Active involvement in the Peer Network will enhance the leadership capabilities, knowledge and confidence of business owners and entrepreneurs within a local region. It will help build local connectivity and strength within the SME business community.

The Authority is seeking delivery of the 3 strands of activity within the Peer Networks programme for 8 individual cohorts. Tenderers may submit bids for delivery of the following for between 1 and 8 cohorts:

  • Programme Direction / Programme Management. Overall management of the programme for the duration of the contract
  • Provision of Facilitators. Delivery of facilitation totalling a minimum of 18 hours to cohorts of 11 individuals
  • Provision of One-to-One Support. Delivery of One-to-One Support for a minimum of 3.5 hours to each participant in the facilitation cohorts

Application process

Organisations wishing to deliver activity as part of Peer Networks should visit our ProContract online tendering system.

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