ESF Community Grants – Expressions of Interest by 20 December 2019

The London Learning Consortium (LLC) has announced a ring-fenced Richmond-only funding pot for ESF Community Grants.  This is a one-off opportunity for our borough and applications for small grants of up to £20,000 are actively invited.

The purpose of the ESF Community Grants is to mobilise disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and inactive people to enable their progress towards employment. Organisations that access grants need to be well placed to reach excluded individuals facing barriers, which hinder their access to mainstream provision. Grants will:

  • engage with marginalised individuals and support them to re-engage with education, training, or employment;
  • will support a range of activities aimed at assisting the disadvantaged or excluded to move closer to the labour market by improving their access to mainstream ESF and domestic employment and skills provision; and
  • will provide support to the hardest to reach communities and individuals, especially those from deprived communities, to access employment or further learning and training.

To be eligible for an ESF Community Grants project you need to be unemployed or inactive and aged 16+. Within this, there are a number of priority groups. They are:

  • Parents/mothers
  • Carers
  • People with disabilities
  • Older People 50+
  • BAME Groups, particularly those with low labour market participation
  • Migrants and refugees
  • People who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness
  • Ex-offenders

Grants can be used to deliver a wide range of activities including but not limited to:

  • First contact engagement activities, e.g. activities that benefit participants who are not normally in contact with official organisations
  • Projects to improve confidence, motivation and social integration such as sport, gardening, music, art and other creative activities.
  • Developing local networks and groups to support people to get a job or access learning e.g. Job Clubs or Learning Champion type activity.
  • Softer skills development e.g. assertiveness, anger management and motivation.
  • Innovative approaches to attract under-represented participant groups into learning.
  • Support to address poor digital skills

You can take a look at projects that have previously been successful in being awarded this funding here.

Any Third Sector (any size) and small organisations (fewer than 49 full time equivalent staff and an annual turnover or balance sheet equal to or below EUR 10 million) can apply.

If your organisation is interested in this fund we strongly advise you read the full criteria on the London Learning Consortium websitePlease note, the information for this Richmond-specific funding is not publicly detailed on the site.

You can also take a look at the presentation given by LLC, specifically for Richmond groups, at our Meet the Funder event in November.  Download the presentation here.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 20 December 2019.

If you would like help or guidance with your application from one of the Richmond CVS team, for this or other funding opportunities, get in touch emailing