ESF Community Grants Programme

Do you have an idea for a project to help the people from your community get back into work? Could your organisation make a real difference with a grant?

The ESF Community Grants Programme, delivered by the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), aims to enhance the capacity within the Liverpool City Region’s voluntary sector, assisting them to support the City Region’s residents in meeting their economic potential and contribute to social inclusion and thereby tackle unemployment in the City Region by moving participants closer to employment.

Grants of £5,000-£10,000 are available for constituted voluntary, community, social enterprise organisations based in Merseyside or Halton, to support activities such as:

  • Initial help with basic skills
  • Taster work experience including voluntary work
  • Training advice and guidance
  • Job search assistance
  • Confidence building & personal development
  • First contact engagement activities

Activities should engage people out of work from at least some of these priority groups:

  • People aged 50 and over
  • People with disabilities and  health conditions
  • Single parents
  • People from ethnic minorities
  • Women

Organisations must have been in existence for a minimum of 12 months, providing an annual report and published accounts, and not exceed a maximum £500k turnover per year or 10 full time equivalent staff, whichever is the larger. Visit the website to access the eligibility gateway.

For and application form and more information on the programme, visit the website, email ESFgrants@wea.org.uk or call 0151 243 5356.

Deadline for applications is Monday 15 May 2017.

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