ESF community grants are grants of up to £12,000 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:
- initial help with basic skills
- taster work experience, including voluntary work
- training, advice and counselling
- confidence building.
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.
At the present time (at August 2013) only London Councils have Community Grants funding opportunities available (see link below for full information). There are no further Community Grants funding opportunities for the 2011-2013 period for the rest of the country. The Skills Funding Agency are currently procuring for Community Grant Co-ordinating Bodies to administer Community Grants for the 2014-2015 period. Further information will be available towards the end of 2013
|CFO||Region/ area||Community Grant Body|
|Skills Funding Agency||Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly||Cornwall Development Company Ltd|
|Skills Funding Agency||East Midlands||Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Voluntary and Community Sector Learning and Skills Consortium|
|Skills Funding Agency||East of England||The Consultancy Home Counties Limited|
|London Councils||London||London Councils|
|Skills Funding Agency||North East||County Durham Community Federation|
|Skills Funding Agency||North West||WEA: Learning For Life|
|Skills Funding Agency||South East||Surrey Community Action|
|Skills Funding Agency||South West||The Learning Curve (Voluntary Sector Development)|
|Skills Funding Agency||West Midlands||Black Country Consortium Limited|
|Skills Funding Agency||West Midlands||Heart of England Community Foundation|
|Skills Funding Agency||Yorkshire & The Humber||Humber Learning Consortium|