European Social Fund Community Grants awards funding of up to £20,000 to organisations which run projects that support unemployed people, for 6 months minimum, back into work or training. The dates of the next two rounds are Round 10: 19th April 2021, Round 11: 7th June 2021.
Projects need to demonstrate how they can move participants closer to the job market and particularly how they get the long term unemployed ready for work. The Community Grants Team aims to fund projects despite the current restrictions and applicants will need to demonstrate how they can adjust their project if needed, for example using remote delivery.
Applying for Community Grants can be daunting but the CG Team can help. Before you apply please contact Ruth.Burgess@walsall.gov.uk for an informal conversation about your application.
Projects have to be based and deliver in the Black Country and can only work with eligible participants (please see ESF guidelines before applying). The guidelines, application and hourly rate calculator are available on request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or can be downloaded from the BCTA website. Please make sure you use the latest application, old formats will not be accepted.
To be considered by the Grant Advisory Panel applications must be submitted by 5 m on the round deadline with all required policies and supporting documents (posted and emailed). Please be aware that funding is not guaranteed. Successful applicants will have to complete training before commencing the funded work.
For five top tips for planning your ESF Community application see here.