The ESF Community Grant Programme is already helping many people in the Liverpool City Region who face additional barriers in the labour market to improve their employability and gain employment. We are now launching our Focused Futures Round.

The Focused Futures round seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary organisations who are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and emerging barriers arising from the impact of COVID 19, working both remotely and within social distancing requirements, once restrictions are eased. 

Small grants of up to £20,000 are available across the Liverpool City Region to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector. 

Projects should look to develop and maintain participant connections to learning experiences. Project activity should support, maintain and improve participant employability and resilience. Activities should develop progression routes into employment, Further Education and training for participants.

All project activity must be within the current government COVID restrictions, but should include flexibility to adapt as and when those restrictions change in future months.

The funding can help ALL who are out of work or economically inactive but especially those that:

•    Are lone parents
•    Have disabilities, learning difficulties or health conditions
•    Are from ethnic minorities
•    Are aged over 50

All eligible participants must be aged 19+ and live in the Merseyside or Halton area (this depends on which area the project is based).

Applications now open: deadline for applications is noon, Monday 26th July 2021

Click here to see if you are eligible and to apply.

Ned more information? We will be holding an information session via Zoom on Tuesday 13th July at 10:30am, please click here to register for the session.

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You can view a list of previously funded projects here.

For any other queries please email [email protected].

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