Strand 1 round 2: Rochdale applications open until midday, Friday 9th February

WEA (Workers Educational Association) and GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) are pleased to launch the second round of funding, specific to Rochdale.

This will enable local VCSE organisations and Housing Associations to bid for funding up to £30k 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.

This is strand one, which 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.

Please complete the short form - if you are eligible, you will be emailed the application form, guidance document and our FAQ document, so please be sure to use a valid email address. If you are not eligible this time, you can complete the short form here and we will keep your email on file for future funding rounds.

All eligibility criteria must be met to apply for a GMCA grant: if you are unable to meet the criteria, you will not be able to apply and any application you do make will be rejected. There will be further opportunities to apply before March 2025.

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

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