• Are you a Third sector organisation run on a not for profit basis, including:
    • Constituted Voluntary / Community Group
    • Social Enterprise (Not For Profit) 
    • Registered Charity 
    • Community Interest Company (CIC) 
    • Company Limited by Guarantee

Please note that Private Companies Ltd by Shares cannot apply – if you are not sure on your organisational status or your constitution/governing document please speak to the ESF Grants Team before submitting your application for further guidance.

  • Do you have an annual turnover equal to or under £600,000
  • Has your organisation been in operation for a min of 12 months?
  • Does Your Organisation Have A Governing Document/Constitution? 
  • Does Your Organisation Have An Independent Bank Account Into Which The Grant Can Be Paid? 
  • Are you not already in direct receipt of funding from the European Social Fund, or other ESF co-financing with the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), or National Offender Management Service (NOMS).
  • Are you applying for funding to work with unemployed & economically inactive people? 
  • Are the people you plan to work with at least 19 years old? 
  • Is your proposed activity taking place in Merseyside (Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton, Wirral and Knowsley)? 

PLEASE ALSO NOTE - The earliest start date for projects funded through Focused Futures will be 3rd January 2022 and all activity must be completed by 31st May 2022 – maximum project length 5 months.

If you can answer YES to all of the questions above, you may be eligible to apply for an ESF Community Grant.  Please download the application form, guidance notes and FAQs.