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.
ESF Community Grants Application
A new round of funding is now available. To apply for a grant please download a copy of the application form and the guidance document.  Please complete your application and submit it in hard copy with all required support documentation to:
Alex Kelley
ESF Community Grants
Your Consortium
Chain Lane Community Hub
Chain Lane, Knaresborough
Due to the restrictions in place as a result of COVID-19, we can now accept your application electronically.  Please email a copy of your completed application form in Microsoft Word format to no later than 2pm on Friday 3rd April.
Applications received after this time will not be considered.  Your application does not need to be signed, and please do not include your bank details on page one, or any supporting documents.  If your application is successful, we will request your supporting documents to be submitted via a secure online file transfer.  If you have already posted your application in hard copy, please also email us an electronic version of the application form. Thank you.
If you have any queries please get in touch by calling 01423 795300 or email us:
  • To download a copy of the application form in MS Word format please click here…
  • To download a copy of the guidance document in MS Word format please click here…
Deadline for applications – 2pm on Friday the 3rd April 2020


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