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Community Grants

ESF community grants are grants of up to £15,000 which enable small voluntary and community organisations to reach out to some of the most disadvantaged and excluded people.

The grants have a local focus and seek to move people closer to the labour market. They support a wide range of activities including:

Because of the nature of the target groups, project outcomes usually involve progression towards a job or further training, rather than the immediate achievement of a job or qualification.

With the exception of London, the Skills Funding Agency is the CFO with overall responsibility nationally for Community Grants, which are allocated and delivered locally through a number of Community Grant bodies (listed in the table below). In London, London Councils has responsibility for Community Grants.

CFO Region/ area Community Grant Body
Skills Funding Agency Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly To be updated
Skills Funding Agency East Midlands To be updated
Skills Funding Agency East of England To be updated
London Councils London London Councils
Skills Funding Agency North East To be updated
Skills Funding Agency North West To be updated
Skills Funding Agency South East To be updated
Skills Funding Agency South West To be updated
Skills Funding Agency West Midlands To be updated
Skills Funding Agency West Midlands To be updated
Skills Funding Agency Yorkshire & The Humber To be updated