ESF Community Grants New Rounds

ESF Community Grants New Rounds

ESF Community Grants awards funding of up to £20,000 to organisations who can run projects that support people unemployed (for 6 months minimum) back into work/ training. 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.

Applying for Community Grants can be daunting but the CG team are here to help you. Before you apply please contact 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). There are tips on planning your Community Grants application which includes advice on how to support your learners with digital access 5 top tips for planning your ESF community grant application.

The guidelines, application and hourly rate calculator are available on request by emailing or can be downloaded from the BCTA website. Please make sure you use the latest application, old formats will not be accepted. Projects are welcome to send a draft application at least 2 weeks before the deadline if they would like feedback on the application.

The dates for the next 3 rounds are:
29th July 2021
9th September 2021
10th January 2022

To be considered by the Grant Advisory Panel applications must be submitted by 5 pm 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.


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