Strand 2: Applications open until midday Monday 26th February 2024

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, with the purpose of mobilising disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and inactive people to enable their progress towards further education and inclusive employment.

This is strand two, which aims to improve the progression towards inclusive employment

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. It focuses on 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.

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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