A £900,000 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 Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership to the Worker’s Educational Association (WEA), 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 hundreds 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 Lancashire 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 with disabilities and long term health conditions
  • single parents
  • women
  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people over 50
  • those planning to return to the workplace after a long period of absence.

ESF Community Grants for Lancashire Region are now OPEN, and will close at noon 26th February.

Click here for information on how to apply.

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 5342 or email ESFgrantslancs@wea.org.uk for further information. 

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We also have some workshops upcoming where you can ask questions and learn more about the process.

Click here for information on the projects that have been funded in Rounds 1 and 2.  

Wednesday 5 February, 10:00 – 12:00 
The Boo Theatre, 679 Bacup Road, 
Waterfoot
Rossendale
BB4 7HB

Tuesday 11 February, 10:00 – 12:00
Blackpool Centre for Independent Living, 259 Whitegate Drive
Blackpool
FY3 9JL

Wednesday 12 February, 1:30 – 3:30
Function Room, The Community Centre, Mill Street
Kirkham
PR4 2AN

Thursday 13 February, 10:00 – 12:00
The Well, 27 Regent Park Avenue,
Morecambe
LA3 1AT