ESF Community Grants 5 – Round 3 Re-opened!

Following the announcement by the Government, we have taken the advice set out by the Prime Minister to implement homeworking for our staff and would encourage all our delivery partners to follow suit, until further notice. The Humber Learning Consortium office will remain closed until further notice.

However we will be accepting electronic applications only during this period, please see below for further details including how to contact our team.

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.

Application development workshops have now been delivered however telephone and one-to-one support is available for any queries.

All applications must be completed electronically. A full assessment and formal negotiations on contract start dates and approval of award will be discussed upon our return to the office. We will contact you at a later date for the signed version and corresponding evidence that we will require.

If you need to speak to our team regarding your application, please call on the numbers below for Humber and East Riding applicants:

  • Jacquie Newman – 07541626331
  • Jade Foster – 07394553410

Please click the icon to download the application in Microsoft Word.

Please email Humber and East Riding applications only to

Deadline Friday 17th April, 2pm.

Do not attempt to hand-deliver or post your application as the HLC office is closed until further notice.

For York and North Yorkshire please submit to Your Consortium Ltd (YCL), Chain Lane Community Centre, Chain Lane, Knaresborough, HG5 0AS and refer to their website for further details –

Complete this form to send us a quick email.

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