Community Grants in Northamptonshire - Third Round

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Third round of grant money available for community groups which support people into jobs and training in the Northamptonshire area.

Community Grants in Northamptonshire - Third Round

Voluntary and community groups that support people who need help preparing for work or training in Northamptonshire could be eligible for a grant of up to £20,000.

Organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 per annum are eligible to apply for the grants which are jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency. The funding supports projects that help engage and progress those who face the greatest barriers to securing work or training.

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to support a wide range of activities including:

  • initial help with basic skills
  • taster work experience including voluntary work
  • training, advice and counselling
  • confidence building
  • job search assistance including the provision of equipment and other help necessary to secure employment
  • first contact engagement activities

Careers specialists - Futures Advice, Skills and Employment - has been selected by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to administer the grants throughout the region.

This is the third round of funding; the first, which was made available in June 2016, was distributed to five organisations across the region and the second, which was made available in January this year, was distributed to six organisations across the region. Previous beneficiaries have included organisations such as Diversiti who provided practical work experience for people affected by disabilities and mental health issues. Through a range of practical experiences, and support to develop personal, social, basic literacy and numeracy skills, Diversiti have helped participants to identify and develop transferable employability skills to move their learners closer to the job market.

Garry Connor director of services for Diversiti UK, says: “Being awarded the community grant has been a real ‘game changer’ for diversiti UK. We had a strong feeling that what we proposed to do was exactly what was needed for our participants. We were proved right on that front as the participants were able to gain real work skills in a real work environment and some participants went into employment. As an organisation the funding has enabled us to feel more able to follow our instinct and continue to develop new innovations in moving people closer to work. A huge thank you to ESF and Futures for believing in us.”

Applications for round 3 funding open on Monday 10th April and close on Friday 21st April. Grants will be awarded during the week commencing 29th May 2017.

Interested voluntary and community groups can request an application pack and find out more about the information events by sending an email to

Skills Funding Agency

European Social Fund