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 Local Enterprise Partnership 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 15 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 1 of ESF Community Grants for Manchester is now OPEN. The closing date for electronic applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 24th July 2019 – please click here for information on how to apply.

We are running some workshops for more information in your area: please see below for one near you:

04/07/2019, 11am
St Paul’s Pavilion, Hurst St, Hindley, WIGAN, WN2 3DN

08/07/2019, 2pm
FCHO First Place 22 Union St, OLDHAM, OL1 1BE

09/07/2019, 1pm
Wellbeing Centre Central Rd, PARTINGTON, M31 4FL

10/07/2019, 2pm
Bury VCFA St John’s House the Rock, BURY, BL9 0NE

11/07/2019, 2pm
Limelight Centre 1 St Brides Way Stretford, TRAFFORD, M16 9NW

12/07/2019, 11am
Bolton CVS, 9 Bold St, BOLTON, BL1 1LS
Online booking only, click here

15/07/2019, 10:30am
St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, MANCHESTER, M12 6FZ
Online booking only, click here

15/07/2019, 2pm
Pendleton Together Brotherton House Loganberry Ave SALFORD M65UX

17/07/2019, 10:30am
Village Hotel Pamir Drive, Ashton, TAMESIDE OL7 0LY
Online booking only, click here

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

For any other queries please call the ESF Grants Team on 0151 243 5356 or email ESFGrantsGM@wea.org.uk.