Strand 2 applications now closed

WEA (Workers Educational Association) and GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) are pleased to launch the first round of funding, across 2 strands, for the £5m GMCA Community Grants Programme. 

This will enable local VCSE organisations and Housing Associations to bid for funding up to £100k to carry out projects in localities, to mobilise disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and inactive people to enable their progress towards further education and inclusive employment.

There are two funding strands open for application, click on the one most relevant to your organisation to check your eligibility and apply.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact us at [email protected]

Strand 1, round 1: Essential life skills (Funded via Multiply & AEB)

This strand aims to increase participation in Adult Skills. Currently, in Greater Manchester, just 8.7% of working-age adults with a prior attainment of Level 1 or below are accessing skills via the Adult Education Budget. 

We are looking for new and innovative ways of engaging with our residents, and supporting them in further skills provision – although targeting English, Maths and IT skills this could be any Skills provision, except ESOL, that suits the resident’s needs.

Strand 1 applications are closed but will reopen in the new year.

Strand 2 – Progression towards inclusive employment (Funded via UKSPF)

The aim of this strand is to progress people into employment and is very much linked to wider UKSPF People & Skills activity, as well as wider work & skills activity e.g. Working Well.

This helps with re-engagement and engagement activity for residents who would benefit from these programmes but can’t access them at the moment. This could be linked to a range of barriers our residents are facing.

Strand 2 applications are now closed.

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