ESF Community Grants

ESF Community Grants is part of the European Social Fund Programme distributing £2,000,000 in small grants across Humber, York and North Yorkshire areas. The funding is available from April 2019 until July 2022 and is released in rounds that are advertised on our website and across our social media channels.
A wide range of activities can be funded through Community Grants. However, projects must support unemployed 18+ individuals to progress towards employment or further education.
Activities that we have funded in the past include (but are not limited to):
  • First contact engagement including confidence building, motivation, job search skills and social isolation
  • Training, advice, or counselling
  • Specific qualifications such as Sage
  • Art, Design, and Creative Workshops
  • Gardening and environmental studies
Due to Covid-19 we are looking for projects that are specifically working with learners in a digital, remote or blended way. We love to receive applications that are for new and creative project ideas and encourage partners to ‘think outside the box!’
New ESF Community Grants Applications
A big thank you to all who submitted applications.  The current application window is now closed but please keep an eye out on our social media feeds for information about other opportunities.



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…