ESF Community Grants New Rounds:


ESF Community Grants awards funding of up to £20,000 to organisations who can run projects that support people unemployed (for 6 months minimum) back into work/ training.

Projects need to demonstrate how they can move participants closer to the job market and particularly how they get the long term unemployed ready for work. We aim to fund projects despite the current restrictions and applicants will need to demonstrate how they can adjust their project if needed, for example using remote delivery.

Projects have to be based and deliver in the Black Country and can only work with eligible participants (please see ESF guidelines before applying).

Before you apply please contact for an informal conversation about your application. The guidelines, application and hourly rate calculator are available below or on request by emailing


The date for the next round is:

Round 15 – 25th 19th May 2022  
This is the final round so applicants should ensure they follow guidance fully and provide all required documents by the deadline.


To be considered by the Grant Advisory Panel applications must be submitted by 5pm on the round deadline with all required policies and supporting documents (posted and emailed). Please be aware that funding is not guaranteed, successful applicants will have to complete training before commencing the funded work.  

Please use the current application, applications using the old form will not be accepted.


The ESF Community Grants application guidance 2019-2023 V10 can be found HERE.

The ESF Community Grants application 2019-2021 V5 can be found HERE.

The ESF Community Grants hourly rate calculator can be found HERE.





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