A £1m programme to tackle unemployment was launched in August 2016, with backing from the European Social Fund. The funds have been granted by the government’s Skills Funding Agency in partnership with Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to the Workers’ 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 across Merseyside and Halton to eligible organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector between September 2016 and January 2018. 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 people with disabilities and long-term health conditions; single parents; women, people from ethnic minorities, people over 50 and those planning to return to the workplace after a long period of absence.

Eligible organisations, based in Merseyside or Halton were invited to apply for a Community Grant through the WEA website - http://nw.weanorthwest.webfactional.com/esf_grants.


There were 3 rounds of funding in total, Round 3 closed on Monday 15th May 2017.


For more information about ESF Community Grants, please click on the link above.