ESF Community Grants 5 – Open for Enquiries

European Social Fund

HLC have been successfully awarded a ESF Community Grants 5 programme 2019-2021

What are Community Grants?

The programme is part of the European Social Fund (ESF) which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire regions.
The aims of the funds are to help unemployed or economically inactive people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.
The fund is commissioned through the Employment Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and is a key investment that supports the delivery of the ESIF strategy. 

Funded activities must be aimed at individuals unemployed/economically inactive aged 18 years and over from the hardest to reach communities.

The identified disadvantaged priority groups are as follows:

  • People with disabilities and health conditions
  • Lone parents
  • People aged 50 and over
  • People from ethnic minorities
  • Females

Although 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 £5,000 and up to £20,000 are available.

The funding for the project must cover the full programme costs and must not be matched to any other funding sourced. An organisation can re-apply for Community Grants 5 but there is a maximum of £20,000 per organisation in any 12 month period.

How do I apply?

Firstly ensure your organisation is registered as a ‘not for profit organisation’, have 20 or less full time equivalent employees and must not have exceeded a turnover of £1,000,000 (per year),  in the last 3 years. 

NB: This new programme includes progression outputs that are required to be evidenced within 28 days of them occurring.

All Application Development Workshops have now been delivered however telephone and one-to-one support is available for any queries.

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All applications must be completed electronically. Hard copies of all applications and supplementary evidence for Humber and East Riding must be submitted by the deadline, as per guidance to the HLC office.

For York and North Yorkshire please submit to Your Consortium Ltd (YCL), Chain Lane Community Centre, Chain Lane, Knaresborough, HG5 0AS.

New CG5 Application Guidance Information (Microsoft Word document)

New CG5 Application Form (Microsoft Word document)


Open for enquiries!

Please take a look at the application and guidance information. If you have any queries or would like to apply please contact Jacquie Newman or Jade Foster on 01482 327438, option 3. 

Application development workshops

There are currently no application development workshops scheduled. Please check out our ‘What’s Happening’ page for future rounds.


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