The European Social Fund (ESF)

A new programme to tackle unemployment has been launched in April 2019 from the European Social Fund.

Over the next two years, adult education charity, The WEA will help thousands of people who face additional barriers in the workplace, such as lone parents, improve their employability and gain permanent employment.

The WEA will distribute grants of £20,000 to eligible organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

What is the ESF?

Each year the European Social Fund helps millions of Europeans improve their lives by learning new skills and finding better jobs. 

Funds have been granted by the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency in partnership with Local Enterprise Partnerships to the WEA to provide training and learning opportunities for people at risk of exclusion.

Get involved

How much difference could £20,000 make in your community? Grants are now available for projects that make a real difference for people trying to get into work.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available over four Funding Rounds through to May 2021.  Click your relevant local authority via the links below for more information, or get in touch with the Grants Team via the contact details below.

Greater Manchester
Contact – or call the ESF Grants Team on 0151 2435356

Contact - or call the ESF Grants Team on 0151 2435356 

Liverpool City Region
Contact – or call the ESF Grants Team on 0151 2435356

For information on application scoring criteria and decision making please click here.

Want to know more about other projects that have been funded? A full list can be found here.