Up to £20k available for community and voluntary job seeker support organisations

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Up to £20k available for community and voluntary job seeker support organisations

Grants of up to £20k available for voluntary and community skills organisations

Voluntary and community groups in the South East Midlands area which engage and progress ‘hard to reach’ individuals towards the labour market could be eligible for grants of up to £20,000.

The funding is available to support a wide range of creative and innovative activity that increases someone’s chances of finding a job by developing confidence, employability skills and transferable life skills including:

  • Practical workshops such as catering, horticulture, painting and decorating
  • Computer and media skills
  • Support for starting self-employment
  • Leadership skills development through sports, coaching and mentoring activities
  • Creative or performing arts to develop presentation and communication skills
  • Activities that enhance skills for life, self-awareness, team building, job search and job preparation
  • Work experience tasters and voluntary work
  • Advice on career progression

Organisations with a turnover of less that £300,000 per annum are eligible to apply for the grants that are jointly funded by theEuropean Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Funding is for projects starting 1st October 2017 and ending no later than 31 March 2018.

Ashuk Ahmed MBE, Director of the Luton based organisation Diverse FM, says: “We were really pleased to qualify for a grant which will help us to enable learners to take part in a range of innovative and creative non-accredited training. This will lead to them developing transferable and key lifelong and employability skills.”

Interested voluntary and community groups can request an application pack and find out more about the information events by sending an email to comm.grant.apply@futuresadvice.co.uk

Applications open on Wednesday 9 August 2017 and close on Monday 4 September 2017 at 4pm. Grants will be awarded by 28 September 2017.

 To request an application pack and find out more about the information events please email comm.grant.apply@futuresadvice.co.uk