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.
Your Consortium have successfully been awarded the ESF Community Grants 5 Programme 2019-2021 to deliver projects in York and North Yorkshire and are pleased to announce the launch of the first round of funding.
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. Grants of between £5,000 and up to £20,000 are available. The funding is open to small charities or not‐for‐profit community organisations based in and providing services in York and North Yorkshire.  Organisations must employ less than 20 full time and have an annual turnover of £1,000,000 or less, for three consecutive years, and are not in direct receipt of direct funding from the European Social Fund (ESF), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or Skills Funding Agency (SFA).
There are several changes to this new programme so it is recommended that if you have delivered  an ESF Community Grants before that you attend one of the Launch workshops available. This new programme does include progression outputs that are required to be evidenced within 28 days of them occurring so please take advantage of the workshops to gather as much application information as possible.
Harrogate/Knaresborough Event
30th April  9.30 – 11.30am at Chain Lane Community Centre, Knaresborough, HG5 0AS
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York Event
30th April 2019 1pm – 3.30pm at Clements Hall, York, YO23 1BW
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Scarborough Event
3rd May 2019 10.30pm – 1pm at The Street, Scarborough, YO12 7PW
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If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Hannah or Sandra on 01423 795300

 

Delivery in Hull and the Humber
If you are a delivery partner based in Hull, The East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire or North East Lincolnshire please click here to see details of launch events in your region.  For more information about delivery in these areas please contact:
Jacquie Newman
01482 327438
or email jacquie.newman@hlc-vol.org

 

 

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
Accreditation
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…