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Swindon Town Deal

What is the Swindon Town Deal?

In late 2019 Swindon was one of 101 places given the opportunity by the Government to bid for funding of up to £25 million as part of the Government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund.

The aim is to help increase economic growth with a focus on regeneration, improved transport, better broadband connectivity, skills and culture. Details of the Towns Fund are in the Government’s prospectus and they have been engaging with the public through the MyTown website.

The Towns Fund aims to drive economic regeneration in Swindon to deliver a legacy of long-term economic growth and increased productivity. In achieving those aims it will fund schemes which deliver urban regeneration, skills and enterprise infrastructure and/or connectivity.

This is an opportunity for Swindon to build on its economic strengths, diversify our economy and to revitalise the town to reflect changing habits, support and expand our important cultural assets and build resilience and flexibility into our infrastructure. 

More detail on these three strands is available in the prospectus above, or in the application documents below.

The Town Deal Board

A Town Deal Board was set up in January 2020 and its role is to:

  • develop and agree an evidenced based Town Investment Plan
  • develop a clear programme of interventions
  • co-ordinate resources and influence stakeholders

The meeting papers for the Town Deal Board can be viewed on the Modern Gov website. The Boards vision for the Town Deal can be viewed in the document below:

Call for projects

The Town Deal Board would now like to invite applications for projects to be included in the Town Investment Plan which must be submitted to government by 31 July 2020. The closing date for projects to be submitted is Thursday, 11 June 2020 by 5.00pm.

A guide to what we are looking for and how your project will be assessed can be viewed in the documents below:

How you can apply

In order to apply you will need to download and complete the project submission form below and send electronically to Rob Fulford at: rfulford@swindon.gov.uk.

You can also send a hard copy to:

Rob Fulford (Ref Town Deal)
Economy and Growth
Swindon Borough Council
Civic Offices
Euclid Street
Swindon. SN1 2JH

Project assessment and evaluation process

Submitted projects will be assessed in accordance with the Project Prioritisation Guide detailed above, with the key being the link between the project, its outputs, and the objectives of the Towns Fund and Swindon Town Investment Plan. This is critical to ensure Swindon presents the best Town Investment Plan possible. This will mean that we are best placed to receive the maximum £25million funding, to deliver the greatest benefit to Swindon. We therefore suggest that you carefully consider the alignment of your project with the objectives and are clear with the outputs the project will deliver in accordance with those.

Bidders will be notified of the outcome of the assessment following an evaluation process, during the week commencing Monday, 6 July.

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