A £4.9 million programme to tackle unemployment has been launched in April 2019 with backing from the European Social Fund.

The funds have been granted by the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in partnership with Greater Manchester Combined Authority to the WEA (Workers' Educational Association), an adult education charity which provides training and learning opportunities for people at risk of exclusion.

Over the next two years, the charity 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 small grants of £20,000 across Greater Manchester to eligible organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector between April 2019 and May 2021. Funded activities will target those aged 16 and over, from the hardest to reach communities. 

The funding can help all who are out of work but especially those that:

  • are homeless or at risk of being homeless
  • have low or no qualifications
  • lack literacy and numeracy skills
  • are lone parents
  • have disabilities, learning difficulties or health conditions
  • are women
  • are from ethnic minorities
  • are aged over 50

Round 3 of ESF Community Grants for Greater Manchester is now open. Closing date for application is noon, Wednesday 11th March.

Click here to find out if you are eligible and to apply.

If you are interested in finding out more please come along to one of our information sessions stated below:

Information Sessions

Date: Monday 24th February 2020    Time: 10:30–12:30 (Lunch & networking 12:30 –13:30)    
Venue: Equity Housing Group, Armitt House, Monmouth Road, Cheadle, SK8 7EF    

Click here to book. 

Free Bid Writing Workshops

Free training session with independent consultant Peter Cummings to assist in writing your bid. 
Places are strictly limited, so we do ask to limit attendance to one person per organisation.

Date: Tuesday 25th February 2020 Time: 10:00 –15:00    
Venue: Limelight, 1 St Brides Way, Stretford, M16 9NW

Click here to book. 

Date: Wednesday 26th February 2020 Time: 10:00 –15:00    
Venue: GMCVO, St Thomas Centre, Ardwick GreenNorth, Manchester, M12 6FZ    

Click here to book. 

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For any other queries please call the ESF Grants Team on 0151 243 5340, or email ESFGrantsGM@wea.org.uk.