ESF Community Grants open for applications

Published date: 
Friday, 7th February 2020

WEA are distributing ESF Community Grants of up to £20,000 across Greater Manchester to eligible organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. 

The programme is aimed at unemployed or economically inactive people, aged 16 years and over who are from the hardest to reach communities and who are legally resident in the UK and able to take up paid employment in an EU member state.

The funding is for community projects that can help move individuals into work, or closer to employment, by providing vocational training, advice, guidance and information.

The funding is intended to support a wide range of activities, which can include but is not limited to:

  • First contact engagement activities (eg, activities that benefit participants who are not normally in contact with official organisations like DWP, FE Colleges, for example by arranging events or training in places that participants feel comfortable to visit).

  • Projects to improve confidence, motivation and social integration such as sport, gardening, music, art and other creative activities.

  • Developing local networks and groups to support people to get a job or access learning, for example, Job Clubs or Learning Champion type activity.

  • Softer skills development, such as assertiveness, anger management and motivation.

  • Innovative approaches to attract under-represented participant groups into learning.

Applications can be considered for any group of unemployed people that can evidence need, but the priority groups are:

  • People with disabilities or health conditions (including those with learning difficulties, mental health issues or drug and alcohol dependency problems).

  • People aged 50 or over and seeking employment.

  • People from black and ethnic minorities.

  • Women.

The current round is now open for applications until 11 March 2020

For further information, attend our 2hour information session on Wednesday 12 February 2020, 2pm at Action Together, Oldham, 

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If you are unable to make this, a full list of information sessions is available from our website