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What Are Community Grants? 

Humber Learning Consortium have successfully been awarded the ESF Community Grants 5 Programme 2019-21 and are pleased to announce the funding which is available for application. The fund is commissioned through the Education Skills Fund Agency (ESFA) and is a key investment that supports the delivery of the ESIF strategy. 

ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire 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 18 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         
  • Females

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

The funding for the project must be for the full programme cost and not matched to any other funding source.  This is a completely new programme so previous CG4 organisations can re-apply.

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 £1,000,000 in the last three years
  • Organisations must employ 20 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 Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

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
  • Accreditation
  • 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 of £1000 or over.