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  • Beatriz Lima

UK Levelling Up Fund: Proving Strategic Fit Using Digital Community Engagement

Did you miss our first webinar on the UK government's Levelling Up Fund? Not to worry, here we will take you through all you need to know about digitally engaging with hard-to-reach groups in your community, which is one of the pre-requisites if you want to submit a bid for the Levelling Up Fund.

What is the Levelling Up Fund?

First things first, the Levelling Up Fund is an ambitious government initiative which aims to develop "every corner of the UK" through effective investment. This second round of the fund will look to support three investment themes in particular: local transport, town centre regeneration, and culture & heritage. Applicants must focus on high priority and high impact projects that will truly positively transform local areas while demonstrating evidence that they’ve successfully engaged with hard-to-reach groups within the community.

How can community engagement tools be used to generate compelling information for the criteria set out in the fund's assessment framework?

With a deadline of July 6, time is of the essence and we can help you create a compelling application which demonstrates evidence of community engagement and support. Bids must also showcase your community's concerns and aspirations for the places they call home. Give My View makes the whole engagement process easy, quick and impactful. By implementing targeted social media campaigns, we are able to reach people where they already are.

We know that obstacles to effectively engaging with a community through traditional methods are many. Often, local authorities will be dealing with time-sensitive community members who cannot afford to spend an hour of their day attending a meeting at their local community centre. They also might face language and literacy barriers, whilst many other community members are discouraged to take part in consultations as they don't believe their feedback will lead to meaningful action.

The good news is that we've got this all figured out. The interactive and accessible nature of our Give My View software will ensure that you are collecting feedback from a diverse group of people. Using digital tools will also help you reach busy audiences as our surveys should take respondents no longer than 3 minutes to complete. Gathering this data will help align your project to resonate with your diverse local community needs.

Our team of professionals have been working with local authorities all around the country to maximise community engagement, so you know you're in good hands. If you would like to hear more about the work we do and how digital community engagement can support your application for this incredible fund, we invite you to join us in our second Levelling Up Fund webinar on May 30. In this interactive event, you'll have access to real-life examples of how all this data can be collected very fast as we are mindful of your tight deadline. What's more, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have which are stopping you from getting started with your application!


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