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…
Applying for an ESF Community Grant
If you would like to submit an application to the next round of ESF Community Grants please download an application form and a copy of the guidance document using the links below.
Telephone support is available for any queries 0n 01423 795300, however we do advise you attend our workshops to benefit full and in-depth application support.  The link to the next workshop is above.
To download a copy of the application form in MS Word format please click here…
To download a copy of the Guidance Document in pdf format please click here…
The deadline for applications in this round is Friday the 25th October 2019 at 2pm.


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…
Northdale Horticulture – building hopes and aspirations.  Our video piece about their brilliant supporting work can be seen here…


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…