The bidding process for the £75 million fire transformation funds opened on 5 March 2014 and fire and rescue authorities are invited to prepare and submit their proposals.
The closing dates will be:
- 4 June 2014 for fire and rescue authority bids
- 17 June 2014 for bids with more than 2 fire and rescue authorities (syndicated bids)
Projects will be assessed against high-level assessment criteria of:
- value for money (40%)
- transformation fund policy alignment (40%)
- project deliverability, focusing on good project management (20%)
Successful bidders will be announced in early autumn 2014 and grant funding will be payable in April 2015.
The government is also publishing its response to the consultation on the bid process for the funds. The bid process takes account of comments received and as a consequence, we have extended the timetable for the submission of bids and are also providing information on the the weightings to be applied to the analysis of bids.