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Grants are available to support unemployed people into work or training

Published on 19 August 2021 Print

Although the United Kingdom has left the European Union, European Social Fund (ESF) Community Grants are still available and open for applications.

ESF Community Grants funding of up to £20,000 can be awarded to organisations who are able to run projects that support local people who have been unemployed for over six months back into work or training.

Projects need to demonstrate how they can move people closer to the job market and, in particular, how they will support the long-term unemployed into being ready for work.

Councillor Adrian Andrew, Deputy Leader of Walsall Council said:

“All the way through the pandemic, our key priorities have been, and continue to be, to protect our most vulnerable residents and protect our local economy, which of course includes jobs for Walsall residents.

“While Government grants to businesses and the furlough scheme have been a lifeline, not all businesses and employees have been able to weather the storm. We need to do everything we can to support our residents into work.

“The closing dates for applications for the next two rounds of funding are 9 September 2021 and 10 January 2022.”

The guidelines, application and hourly rate calculator are available on request by emailing communitygrants@walsall.gov.uk or can be downloaded from the Council’s web site. The latest application must be used as old formats can’t be accepted.

Organisations interested in applying can contact the Community Grants team communitygrants@walsall.gov.uk for an informal conversation about their proposed application. Projects are welcome to send a draft application at least two weeks before the deadline if they would like feedback.

Councillor Andrew added:

“The application process can be tricky so please don’t let it put you off — contact the team for support and feedback if you need assistance. They know how the funding evaluation process works and can give all of the information needed that will hopefully lead to a successful application.”

Nash Dom, a Walsall based Community Interest Company, is working with the local community delivering IT workshops and one-to-one coaching to enable people to become work ready. Their ‘Employment for All’ video on You Tube may provide inspiration to other community organisations.

~ENDS~

Note to Editor

https://go.walsall.gov.uk/bcta/Black-Country-ESF-Community-Grants-2019-2023/Funding-Rounds

Link to Nash Dom’s ‘Employment for All’ video: https://youtu.be/kXfvmuA_Mf8