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LA7 ESF Community Grants

On behalf of the 7 Local Authorities in the NE LEP area, we are now seeking bids from third sector organisations for the provision of community projects to support a range of activities aimed at assisting disadvantaged or excluded people to move closer to the labour market through increasing their skills.

The project is funded through The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) financing organisation and is procured on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Funding grants of up to £15K will be awarded to successful third sector organisations to engage with participants who are aged 19+ and are eligible to work in the UK with the purpose of mobilising disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and inactive people to help their progress towards employment and/or further learning and training. Projects should support a range of activities which may include:

  • Initial help with basic skills
  • Skills development
  • Taster work experience including voluntary work
  • Training, advice and counselling
  • Link with/enhance Job search assistance
  • Confidence building
  • First contact engagement activities

Funding should support the hardest to reach communities and individuals who must reside and take part in delivery based within the North East seven local authority areas.

For more information and an application pack, or to attend an engagement workshop, please email

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