ESF Community Grants

ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme and 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 such as:
  • Disadvantaged geographical areas
  • 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.
We have now had six rounds of ESF Community Grants in the York and North Yorkshire area.  If you would like more information on the partnership please click here... to download an outline in pdf format


Open Country - ESF Community Grants Completion Awards Spring 2019
Harrogate-based charity Open Country celebrated the launch of its new wheelchair accessible minibus which will be used to further the work being done by the charity to help people with disabilities access the countryside. This year Open Country have received funding through our Community Grants project and has worked with 12 people to produce two web-based ‘Countryside Directories for People with Disabilities’.
Hannah from Your Consortium had the opportunity to meet with three of the learners who took part in the project and presented them with an award to celebrate their success on the project.
For more information about Open Country please click here...


Brightsparks have been supporting people into working with children in the York area with funding from ESF Community Grants.

Check out their story here...


Check out Veteran's Woodcraft's ESF Community Grants project aiming to improve build confidence and improve employability here...


How Much Can You Apply For?
Grants of between £5,000 and up to £15,000 are available.
The funding for the project must be for the full programme cost and not matched to any other funding source.
An organisation can re-apply, but there is a maximum of £15,000 per organisation in any 12 month period.
Who Can Apply?
Organisations must be small not for profit or charities, based in or providing services in the York and North Yorkshire .
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 Skills Funding Agency (SFA).
Northdale Horticulture - building hopes and aspirations.  Our video piece about their brilliant supporting work can be seen here...
What Kind of Activities Will Community Grants Fund?
Any activity that will help an individual progress towards employment and improve employability skills can be funded.
Examples of what can be funded include:
Staff costs, including administration
Tutor fees, including freelance tutors
Participants costs
Rent and room hire
Stationary, postage and learner resources


How do I apply?
The application window for this current round is now closed so please keep an eye on our Twitter feed for further news.


The Clock, Thirsk has been supporting community members looking for work in a number of practical and accessible ways.  Our short video focusing on their work can be seen here...