Black Country Community Grants 2019-2021

What are Community Grants?

The ESF Community Grants Programme is jointly funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) and provides a Fund of £909,091 for small grants to be distributed in the Black Country region between 1 April 2019 and 31 July 2021. The aim of the Programme is to engage with local communities to deliver a range of skills and employment support activities to enable people from the hardest to reach communities, who may be experiencing multiple disadvantages, to make progress towards and enter the jobs market. The administration of the Programme is managed by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council (WMBC) who has been selected by the ESFA to act as the Grant Co-ordinating Body.

How much can I apply for?

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available. The grant will need to be fully accounted and evidenced against the costs of delivery and cannot be used to match any other funding source.

Who can apply?

The Programme is designed to assist small community and voluntary groups, charities or not-for-profit organisations based in and providing services in the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership area (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton). The eligibility criteria is outlined in the guidance (the link is at the bottom of the page).

What kind of activities will Community Grant Fund?

Any activity that will help an individual’s progress towards employability/access to employment will be considered.

How to apply

Before considering an application please contact our Community Grants Manger - Ruth Burgess on the number below to see if ESF Comunity Grants is the correct fund for your organisation.

Should you need any further assistance please don’t hesitate to get in touch on either 01922 654351 or email


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We are recruiting - Come and join the team! 

We are looking for a colleague to join our External Funding Team supporting the administration of the Black Country Community Grants Programme. The Programme, part funded by the European Social Fund and Education and Skills Funding Agency, distributes grants of up to £20,000 to local not for profit organisations to support disadvantaged individuals to move closer to the labour market.

You will be the first point of contact for our grant recipients, answering telephone and email queries. You will manage and update daily a database of contacts and grant information. You will be responsible for organising the diary of the project team, taking minutes at key meetings, helping to organise events, record keeping and filing.

We are looking for a genuine passion in you for making the customer contact with our Council services a positive experience.  You will enjoy working directly with our grant recipients to resolve their queries and recognise the importance of first class communication skills to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction. You will have great attention to detail, be personable, fair and respectful and have the confidence to take ownership and solve problems.

Further information can be found here. For more information please call Kaye Davies on 01922 650934 

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