Community Grants Projects


Black Country Community Grants


Dudley castle

Dudley based organisations:

Breakthru CIC

Community grants funds the “The Aman Group” – Supporting those multiple barriers and move them closer to the job market.

The 2nd phase Community Grant funded project is “The Kushti Group” supporting people to manage and channel anxiety effectively during professional situations and build confidence.

Centre for Equality and Diversity

The “Enterprising Women in Employment” up skills women from migrant communities with essential employability skills.

Community Action Wyre Forest (CAWF)

CAWF deliver the “BELLS-Building Esteem and Lifelong Learning Skills Project” to support unemployed people who want to learn about the new job market place and create successful job applications including online submissions. Contact Anne (Tutor) on 01384 394109 Tuesday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm.

CAWF received a Community Grant in Phase 2 for their “VIBES – Valuing Interaction to Build Employability Skills” to build confidence of those experiencing long term worklessness to move closer to the job market.

Deaf Focus

The “Walsall and Dudley Deaf Employment Support Project” funded through Community Grants supports those who are deaf, deafblind or have a sensory need to look at support to get back into the world of work.

Diyya Project

Community grants funds the “Skills for Work Training  & Mentoring Project”.

Magic Touch Network

Community Grant funds the “Asian Women’s Work Skills & Enterprise” project supporting women from ethnic minority groups

Reaching for Change Organisation (RFCO)

Community grants funds the “Improving Learning Activities for Hard to Engage Roma Group”.

Turning Point Solutions

Community Grants Fund the “Aim2Exceed” project – Supporting hard to reach ethnic minority participants from Dudley, Lye and Netherton area.

Women’s Awareness Association

Community Grants Fund the “Confidence Building and Learners Club” which delivers support on a one-to-one and small group sessions to improve basic skills and confidence


Sandwell Building

Sandwell based organisations:

Bangla Kagoj Limited

Community Grants funds the “Sandwell Bangladeshi Community Employment Project.”

Building Bridges Training CIC

“Getting ready to work” supports unemployed people with a learning disability to move closer to the job market through weekly support and skills training. Contact Liz / Vanessa by email or call 0121 559 9197.

Central Africa Refugee Link (Care Link West Mids)

Community grants funds the ‘Youth Employment Toolkit Project’.

Centre Spot C.I.C

Community grants funds the “Mentoring and Personal Development through Sports” project.

Community Advice Service

Community grants funds the “West Bromwich Employment Hub Project”.

Community Education Academy of Leadership (CEAL)

The “Sandwell Enterprise Employability Development (SEED) Project” is aimed at Black Country residents interested in acquiring or enhancing job preparation skills. The project covers all aspects of job preparation skills such as filling your job application to getting ready for an interview. Contact by email: or call on: 07891479255.

CEAL received a Community Grant in the 2nd Phase for their “Community Employment Learning Skills CELS”Project supporting the hardest to reach with targeted employability activity.

Creative Academies Ltd

The “Making Tracks Project” is an 8-week music employment and development training programme for unemployed people aged 18 – 25 years that aims to support those seeking employment within the music industry and leading to accreditation opportunities. Contact Alex Williams via email  or call 0121 524 3232.

Friar Park Millennuim Centre Limited

Community grants funds the “Friar Park Employment Hub”.

Global Entrepreneurial Development Services (GEDS) Limited

Community Grants fund the NEAT” project which is a flexible and inspiring entrepreneurial programme for those furthest from the job market.

HTP Enterprise

Community grants funds the “Princess End Employment Hub”.

Ileys Community Association

The “Soho & Victoria Employment Hub” offers support in finding a job, fine tuning skills and building confidence and experience to improve employability. Call 0121 4483940 or email

Jubilee Park Community Centre

Community Grants funds the “Community Sector Employability Course” builds capacity who are involved with the Community and Voluntary sector as community champions, activists, volunteers or wants to be involved

Midlands Langar Seva Society

MLSS Serving Communities” is the project – supporting those with multiple barriers to move closer to the job market

Nash Dom CIC

Community grants funds the “Novy Zaciatok” project engaging with Communities mainly from EU backgrounds to improve skills to build confidence and apply for employment.

Sandwell Asian Development Association

The “Sandwell Volunteer Training Initiative” is a boxing project which helps unemployed people to learn about boxing training including conditioning training, technical training, bag work and pad work. The project helps unemployed people gain an accredited trainers qualification moving them closer to the job market. Contact Imran Mohammed by email

Sandwell Community Hub Cooperative

Community grants funds the “Sandwell Community Hub Employment Project”.

Speaking Out CIC

“Hostels of Hope” engages men aged 18-64 who are living in Black Country hostels. Participants receive help to improve their English (including English as a Second Language) numeracy, and computer skills. Call 01902 885307 or email 

“A new beginning in the Black Country” is Speaking out’s Phase 2 Community Grant which supports those who lack basic skills and are the poorest and most vulnerable

The Healthy Employment Hub C.I.C

Community Grants funds the “Oldbury Employment Hub.”

The People’s Orchestra

“Volunteer Matters”, supports unemployed people interested in gaining experience by working as part of a team, working in a multitude of disciplines from graphic design to event planning and administration. Contact Ashley Bott via 01215692617 or email


Walsall Gardens

Walsall based organisations:


Aaina Community Hub

“Catering and Hospitality in the Community” supports  unemployed women  18+ that are  interested in volunteering to build upon their experiences and enhance employability. Call 01922 644006 or email

Afghan Community and Welfare Centre

Community grants funds the “Kumak” project.

Kumak 2018″ is the 2nd phase Community Grant allocation which support and engages linguistic skills for those from various migrant communities.

Ambur Radio

Community Grants fund their “Media Skills Training and Development” project which focusses on developing new skills, increasing knowledge and build confidence to secure employment.

Bentley Residents Association

Community Grants fund the “Aim High” Project – engaging local unemployed people and improving employment prospects

Communities Advice Centre

Community grants funds the ‘Together Better’ Job Club.

Community Ventures Development Services C.I.C

Community Grants funds “Community Ventures Development Services Project” engages with those mainly from EU backgrounds to improve basic skills, confidence and employment opportunities.

Community Footprints

The “Inspire Me 2 Project” supports unemployed women aged 18-24 years, who are often lone parents or suffering from a range of issues including ill mental health, to engage in confidence building activities which lead to employment. The project offers an opportunity for women to meet new people and gain valuable skills in a supportive, holistic environment. Telephone Stacey or Elaine on 01922325410 Monday to Friday – 5pm or email –

Home Start – Walsall

Home Start’s community grants project delivers preparation courses to unemployed people aged 18+ who have an interest in supporting families who are experiencing stress/difficulties. Contact Alison Cook on 01922 647018, Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:30 or Friday 8:30-12:00 or email

In Walsall C.I.C

Community Grants funds the “Starting your business in Walsall” project, identifies and provides support to those who have a desire or ambition to start their own business.

Jupiter Sports

The “Raising the Bar in Sports” project improves employment prospects through leadership experience in sports.

Mindful Gifts

“Removing the Barriers” supports unemployed people aged 18+ who are interested in enrolling on a work placement in an informal setting at a unique shop that is set in the past. Individuals have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills including retail experience and hospitality. Call: 01922 495994 or email: 

“Growing Self Confidence” is the 2nd Phase project for Mindful Gifts funded through Community Grants, which supports those furthest from the job market including those returning to work after caring responsibilities.

Park Hall Community Association

Community Grants fund the “Action to Work” project – supporting people with key skill and communication barriers to improve their employment prospects.

Ryecroft Community Hub

“IT Works” provides unemployed people with the opportunity to gain new transferable skills in a number of areas including: Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), CCTV Installation, Mobile Computer Applications, and Introduction to Small Business. Contact Colin or Dave on (01922) 234080 or email

“Modern Skills” is the 2nd Phase Project for Ryecroft Community Hub which focusses on ICT and new transferable skills.

Substance Matters

The “Let’s Move Forward” project targets unemployed adults 18+ wishing to explore their potentials for employment, training or volunteering. Particularly those who have been long term unemployed. Call 07957 815876 or email:

Tipton Young Asian Women’s Forum

The “Tipton Green Employment Hub” supports unemployed women who want to learn about computer skills. The project offers work experience in a creative design setting. Call  0121 557 6766 or email or

Urban Hax CIC

The “Walsall Community Design Project” is aimed at unemployed people who have creative skills and want to bring them up to date or people who want to learn new skills to help them gain employment or to start their own creative enterprise. Contact on 01922 628126 or 07977 069433 or by email to

Walsall Black Sisters Collective

The “WBSC Experience to Work and Training Project” engages unemployed people 18+ who want to gain work experience and build confidence in the following areas: Administration, Finance, Community Development, Health & Social Care, children’s play and catering.Contact Maureen Lewis on 01922 616996 or 07903355570 or email: 

Walsall Creative Factory

The seeks to engage homeless people in a number of skill based activities including: song writing, spoken word, visual arts and crafts, painting and decorating and DIY skills. Contact The Glebe Centre staff or email

Walsall Deaf Community Service

One Step Closer” serves the deaf community, reducing barriers and bringing people closer to the job market

Willenhall Community Health, Resource and Training (CHART) Centre

“CHART Work Club” targets unemployed people who need support in writing C.V’s, setting up email accounts, interview techniques, confidence building, looking for work and how to do this using search engines. Access support in work placements and volunteering roles. Drop in to the centre, email call 01902 368 199.


Woverhampton photo

Wolverhampton based organisations:


Acts of Random Caring CIC

The “Gatis Growing People Project” offers valuable experience in a number of areas including gardening, ground maintenance, playground development, play or youth work, catering, and administration. Tel – 01902 651155 or email: 

Aladdin’s Education Limited

The “Wolverhampton Employment Project” provides help and advice with English language support and barriers to employment. Individuals will be supported with CV/application writing, interview skills, confidence and self-esteem. Email:   

Alzec Vision CIC

Community Grants fund the “Sewing for the Future” project for women from ethnic minorities.

Beatsabar Music Project CIC

The “Soundbite Taster Sessions” welcomes individuals aged 18+, from an ethnic minority and who is out of work. The project provides critical confidence building and skills training particularly around music or sound engineering. Call 01902 423826 or email

Blakenhall Community Hub

Community Grants funds the “Employment Tool Kit for English Speakers of Other Languages.”

BME United Ltd

“Job Ability” offers information, advice and guidance sessions, sign posting, and training in a number of areas including CV writing, job search, application forms and interview techniques. Call 01902772600/602 or email

“Learnative Employment Project” is the 2nd Phase Community Grants funded project which aims to reach out to BAME and hardest to reach communities.

BOS Business Office Solutions CIC (Community Interest Company)

Community grants funds the “BOS ‘STEP-UP’ Project.”

The 2nd Phase project funded through Community Grants for BOS is the “Time2Shine” project which offers tailored 1-2-1 and group support leading to informal and accredited employability skills.

Central Youth Theatre

The “Shine a light on” project is a film making project which offers skills to participants that improve their employment prospects.

ConGens Group

Community Grants funds the “Train to Change Project.”

The 2nd Phase Community Grant funded project for ConGens is “Believe to Achieve” which helps people set personal goals relating to pursuing a career and finding work.

Ethnic Minority Council (EMC)

“Fulfilling Ambitions” provides computer skills training to the unemployed including: how to set up an email account, navigating search engines, and how to use multi media devices.

“Positive Perspectives” is the 2nd Phase Community Grant project which offers an extremely flexible training programme based on participant needs.

Employability UK

The “Inspiration Plus Project” offers unemployed people the opportunity through short courses to enhance their skills, confidence and personal brand.

Employment Training Network CIC

The “Moving People Closer to the Job Market” project.

Engaging Images CIC

“The Wider Picture Project” engages unemployed individuals aged 18+ in a studio based photography course providing the opportunity to learn lighting techniques, composition, history of photographic practices, photoshop skills and portfolio building, as well as employment support. Contact by , 07858054723 , facebook  @engagingimagescic


The “Wolverhampton Enterprise Learning Skills Project” targets unemployed individuals who are interested in starting a business or social enterprise. Individuals, aged 18+, can learn the basics of business planning from idea generation to actual business plan development.Tel: 0121 558 2249/ 07887702092.

Goodlife Community CIC

“WorkStart” is for people people with learning disabilities living in Wolverhampton and Dudley of working age who are unemployed. Workstart is a series of workshops designed to introduce people to the idea of work and move them closer to the job market. Email or

Heath Town Senior Citizen Welfare Project

Community Grants funds the “Heath Town Services Skills Training.”

InPower Academy CIC

The “Engage and Inspire Women” project is funded through Community Grants, this helps women move towards employment focussing on practical and personal development tools.


Community grants funds the “Out of Economic Exclusion Project”.

Job Change

Community Grants frund the “Aim High” project – Breaking down barriers to work faced by lone parents.

Jubilee Community Support Centre

Community grants funds the “Enhance Plus Personal Development” a bespoke service built on raising and empowering people in realising their career aspirations.


Kids in Communication” project improves motivation and confidence, engaging those further from the job market

Let us Play

“Lets Go Forward” engages young adults aged 18 – 25 years with disabilities in activity to improve confidence and valuable skills in a number of areas within the charity including events, office administration and volunteering. Contact via email 

Low Hill Park Village Community Forum

Community grants funds the “Getting Skills for Work Project”.

Midland Langar Seva Society

The “MLSS serving Communities” project aims to equip current users of MLSS with employability skills such as IT and breaking the barriers of dependency.

Mencap Wolverhampton

The “Equine Skills and the Working Environment Project” is for learning disabled adults (ie over the age of 18 years) who would like to learn about horses in the working environment. They will learn about the world of horse riding and the industry around it.

Sian Computers Community Initiative CIC

“Community IT resilience” is funded through Community Grants, the project helps digitally excluded residents to access the web, build knowledge and boost resilience

The Crafty Gardener Community Interest Company

“Growing Skills” supports unemployed people aged 18+ who have a learning difficulty or mental health needs. People will learn and practice basic employability and gardening skills within a horticulture setting. Tel 07972 781921(Sally) or Tel: 07896 004341(Tilly) Email:

Training and Community Services C.I.C

The “Grow, Cook, Create, and Learn Project” supports unemployed people over 18, that are interested in art, cooking and gardening. Individuals have the opportunity to learn how to create inexpensive healthy meals on a budget, some beautiful artwork for their home, some applied arts such as mug and coaster design, amongst many other wonderful opportunities. Email: , tel 07966 292266 Monday – Friday 9am-5pm, ask for Sarah Stokes.

The “Growing from strength to strength” project is the 2nd phase funded Community Grants project which supports vulnerable women who are marginalised due to domestic abuse, disability or social exclusion

TOPPS for the Community

Community Grants fund the “Women into Work” women’s project which positively re-engages socially and financially excluded women.

The 2nd phase project supported by a Community Grant is called “Widening Horizons” which supports mixed gender groups to explore employment opportunities who are severely marginalised.

Wildside Activity Centre

Community grants funds the “Step up for Conservation” project. Contact  Joan Morgan by telephone 01902 572240 or  email

The 2nd Phase Community Grant project is “Helping Nature – Building Skills”  uses outdoor conservation skills to built social and practical skills.

Wolverhampton Learning Platform CIC

Community Grants fund the “Back on Track” – Supporting those with multiple barriers to address barriers to work.

Your Helping Hands

Community Grants funds the “Moving People closer to the job Market” project which supports BME communities to achieve social and economic independence.


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