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Opportunities for the sector: community grants


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The presentation was a workshop at NCVO's European Funding Network's event LEPs, Growth and EU funds on Wednesday 25 September 2013.

The presentation was by John Hacking from Network for Europe and looks at ESF Community grants.

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Opportunities for the sector: community grants

  1. 1. ESF COMMUNITY GRANTS CURRENTAND FUTURE John Hacking Network for Europe
  2. 2. Current ESF Community Grants Programme 2007 - 13 • ESF community grants are grants of up to £12,000 which enable small VCS organisations to work with most disadvantaged and excluded people. • The grants have a local focus and seek to move people closer to the labour market.
  3. 3. They support a wide range of activities including: • initial help with basic skills • taster work experience, including voluntary work • training, advice and counselling • confidence building.
  4. 4. Target Groups • People with disabilities or health conditions (inc. those with learning difficulties, mental health issues or drug and alcohol dependency problems) • People aged 50 or over and seeking employment • People from ethnic minorities • Women • Lone parents
  5. 5. • Because of the nature of the target groups, project outcomes involve progression towards a job or further training, rather than the immediate achievement of a job or qualification. • With the exception of London, the Skills Funding Agency has responsibility for Community Grants. • CGs are delivered locally through Grant Co-ordinating bodies (GCBs)
  6. 6. • Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly Cornwall Development Company Ltd • East Midlands Nottingham and Nottinghamshire VCS Learning and Skills Consortium • East of England The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd • London London Councils • North East County Durham Community Federation • North West WEA: Learning For Life • South East Surrey Community Action • South West The Learning Curve • W Midlands Black Country Consortium Ltd • W Midlands Heart of England Community Foundation • Yorks & The Humber Humber Learning Consortium
  7. 7. Community Grants in The NW • GCB in NW 2011-13 is the WEA. • GCB Role: Develop & manage a Community Grants Programme. Engage key stakeholders in the delivery model. Develop & publicise an application process. Receive , assess and select applications for grants and provide support to grant recipients. Monitor & evaluate outcomes & performance.
  8. 8. Evaluation of NW CGs 2011-13 165 grants allocated 3575 participants £11,115 average grant award in NW
  9. 9. Projects 21% 38% 17% 62% 37% People with disabilities People over 50 People from ethnic minority background Lone parents Female
  10. 10. Participants
  11. 11. Participant Progression 243 205 81 260 125 12 315 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 Further informal learning Accredited learning Work experience or placement Volunteering Job Self-employment/own business/CIC/social enterprise Unknown
  12. 12. Case Studies Northmoor Community Assoc. (Manchester) • Training & building confidence in participants to progress and engage with employment opportunities. • Increasing migrants' participation in employment. • Developing lifelong learning • £12,000
  13. 13. Restore Rochdale Enterprise Skills • Practical advice and support from local entrepreneurs inspiring local women to become self-employed. • Supporting self employment and new businesses. • £11,085
  14. 14. • 3tc Cloud Computing Course (Merseyside) • A blended learning approach, enhanced by peer support, enabling participants to acquire and apply basic IT skills • Promoting education and training throughout working life • • Improving equal access to employment • Developing lifelong learning • £12,000
  15. 15. Power Up (Wolverhampton) • Training tailored to the needs of ethnic minority women • Working through local community networks, the project reached individuals who are furthest away from the labour market, improving their employability and confidence. • £11,700
  16. 16. Wyldwoods (Shropshire) • Working towards employability: Unlocking the potential of disabled people. • Wyldwoods received an ESF community grant to deliver a rural training project. • The project aimed to empower the individual through developing skills, improved self-understanding, value and responsibility in preparation for employment. • £12,000
  17. 17. Rise 2 the Top! (Birmingham) • Helping young people develop their business, self- development and media skills to start their own business, gain employment, or go into further education • £10,387
  18. 18. The Future • BIS Guidance to LEPs June 2013 • One reference to “Supporting local ‘Community Grant’ type activity. “ (p.43) • No mention in any of the six 1st wave Opt In Prospectuses
  19. 19. QUESTIONS • Do LEPs want a Community Grant Programme? • Will there be a programme in the English ESF OP anyway? • How do LEPs achieve a CG programme in their EIS Strategies • What form would it take? • Scale/Reach?