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New round of EU grants for vol. groups available

ESF Community Learning Grants in the North West

"Does your group want to help people overcome barriers and gain the skills and confidence to get back into work?"

Nearly £2m is available over the next two years in the North West as ESF Community Learning Grants, and support for disabled people is one of the priorities. The grants are a maximum of £12,000 to support some of the hardest to reach communities and individuals, to help people access further learning or training that could lead to employment.



Who can apply?

The funding can be applied for by small VCF groups, charities & social enterprises, with preference given to organisations with a turnover of under  £300,000 per year

What can be paid for?

A wide range of activities including:

  • Initial help with basic skills
  • Taster work experience including voluntary work
  • Training, advice and counseling
  • Job search assistance
  • Confidence building and personal development
  • Support to individuals to overcome barriers to learning or employment

Who is eligible to be supported?

The programme is aimed at all people out of work, or those recently made redundant, but with a particular
priority given to support for:

  • Disabled people or people with health conditions
  • People aged 50 or over and seeking employment
  • People from ethnic minorities
  • Women
  • Lone parents

When do I apply?

By Friday 6/1/12 (first round - there will be other rounds) .

How do I find out more?

There are briefing events in

  • Manchester - 24/11/11 [Event now full - another date will be announced]
  • Liverpool - 25/11/11 [Event now full - another date will be announced]
  • Lancaster - 2/12/11

Places at these events are limited – book online through – links on the WEA North West website

The application guidance notes and application form for the 1st round of ESF Community Learning Grants can be

  • downloaded from the WEA website
  • or email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • or phone (0161) 277 5411.

The programme for the North West is being managed by the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), in partnership with Community Matters and Locality.