What Are Community Grants? (Currently Not available)
Humber Learning Consortium have successfully been awarded the Community Grants Programme 2014-15 and are pleased to announce the launch of the first round of available funding.
ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme which is distributing small grants in the Yorkshire and Humber region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.
Funded activities must be aimed at unemployed individuals aged 19 years and over from the hardest to reach communities. The identified priority groups for our region are as follows;
- Disadvantaged geographical areas
- People with disabilities and health conditions
- Lone parents
- People aged 50 and over
- People from ethnic minorities
However applications will be considered from any community that can evidence deprivation, for example homeless people and ex-offenders.
How Much Can You Apply For?
Grants of between £2,000 and £13,000 are available. Successful groups will also be entitled to an element of Capacity Building Support and grants to further develop and strengthen their organisation.
The funding for the project must be for the full programme cost and not matched to any other funding source. An organisation can re-apply, but there is a maximum of £13,000 per organisation in any 12 month period.
Who Can Apply?
There are strict eligibility guidelines to be able to apply for a grant. Organisations must be small not for profit or charities, based in or providing services in the Yorkshire and Humber area.
- Company turnover must not have exceeded £300,000 in the last three years
- Organisations must employ 9 or less staff (FTE)
- Organisations must not be in direct receipt of funding from the European Social Fund (ESF), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or Skills Funding Agency (SFA).
What Kind of Activities Will Community Grants Fund?
Any activity that will help an individual progress towards employment and improve employability skills will be considered, examples include;
- Help with basic skills
- Taster work experience and voluntary work
- Information and support relating to training and work
- Job search assistance, including the provision of equipment and other assistance necessary to secure employment
- Confidence building and personal development
- Training, advice & counselling
- First contact engagement to provide support with overcoming barriers to learning and/or employment
We can fund any revenue costs relating to the learning activity and capital expenditure up to £1,000
Examples of the revenue costs we can fund include:
- Staff costs, including administration
- Tutor fees, including freelance tutors
- Participants costs
- Rent and room hire
- Stationary, posage and learner resources
What Community Grants Cannot Fund
We can only fund Information, Advice and Guidance if it is delivered by an accredited Matrix provider or the equivalent. If your organisation is not accredited, IAG can be sub-contracted to another provider.
Community Grants activities must not duplicate provision already funded through existing Skills Funding Agency, Department for Work & Pensions mainstream provision or ESF Co-financing.
Community grants cannot be used for capital purchases i.e. purchase of equipment or property over £1,000. Purchase of small equipment of up to £1,000 to support the project is acceptable.