ESF Community Grants 5 – Round 6

European Social Fund

Funding Opportunity: Small Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available.

What are Community Grants?

The programme is part of the European Social Fund (ESF) which is distributing small grants in the Humber, 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.

Applications would be welcomed from North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. 

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 applications must be completed electronically. We will not accept any applications by post or email. To access the electronic application please follow the link below.

When completing the Electronic application form – the form cannot be saved throughout completion. Therefore you must answer every question fully in one session before submission. It is strongly advised that you download the word template paper version to enable you to cut and paste the written narrative answers onto the electronic form. If your computer is not compatible with the Microsoft Word please see the PDF version of the form. 

If you have further questions please contact

CG5 Electronic Application Form

To access the application form please use the following link.

Application Support Documents

Application Template Word Version

Application Template PDF version

Application Guidance

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Deadline Friday 13th August – 16:00

Prior to completing your application for the ESF Community Grants, we recommend you contact the team on or telephone 07394553410 to discuss your potential project.

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