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.


New ESF Community Grants Applications
A new round of Community Grants funding is now available. To apply for the grant please complete the application form using this link…
You will be unable to save your application and return back to it, so we suggest that you draft your application first using the template available below.
Please note we are only accepting electronic applications submitted through the above link. Do not send us your application via hard copy or email.
 We will be looking for projects that can be delivered and adapted to continue throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Deadline for Applications is Friday 25th September at 2pm. If your application is successful, we will request your supporting documents to be submitted via a secure online file transfer.
  • To download a copy of the application guidance please click here…
  • To download your application form template please click here…
If you have any questions please contact Hannah Prole on or call 01423 795304.


Please follow this link for a 15 minute video that includes some useful hints and tips for completing your Community Grants application.


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