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 next 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.
For more information about our current partnership please click here to download an information sheet in pdf format…
Castle Communications Service – Hands, Gestures and Understanding
Castle Communications Service provide training in British Sign Language and offer a range of support for the deaf community.  Scroll through our interactive case study below to find out more…

 

 

 

 

Tang Hall SMART – Increasing Confidence through Creativity
Tang Hall SMART provide a range of support  – helping adults with a range of challenges to get into work.  They focus heavily on the use of arts to help ‘connect’ with new participants and increase their skills and confidence.  You can see their work here…

YORK LGBT Forum – Supporting and Encouraging Community Members into Employment
York LGBT Forum are a charity primarily set up to support the rights and interests of LGBT people in York and North Yorkshire.   Thy are using their skills and energy to offer the wider community training in confidence, encouraging inclusion and helping get people into work.
We recently interviewed Jake and Callum and you can see the new case study video piece here…