Community Grants

Community Grants is a programme that is part funded by the European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency. This project is designed to make available small grants of up to £20,000 to third sector and other small organisations for mobilising disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and inactive people to enable their progress to employment. Organisations that access grants need to be well placed to reach excluded individuals facing barriers, which hinder their access to mainstream provision. 

The purpose of the grants is to:

  • Engage with marginalised individuals and support them to re-engage with education, training or employment.
  • Support a range of activities aimed at assisting the disadvantaged or excluded to move closer to the labour market by improving their access to mainstream ESF and domestic employment and skills provision.
  • Provide support to the hardest to reach communities and individuals, especially those from deprived communities, to access employment or further learning and training.

The programme runs until 31 July 2021 and is expected to reach 447 participants in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay and 192 participants in Somerset.


Target Group

Participants must be:

  • Aged 16 years or over.
  • Legally resident in the UK and able to take paid employment in the UK.
  • Unemployed or Inactive.


Grant Recipients

To access this funding organisations must be either a small organisation, in that you employ fewer than 49 full time equivalent staff and have an annual turnover equal to or under EUR 10 million or a balance sheet equal to or below EUR 10 million or a third sector organisation which operates within the Third Sector meaning the part of an economy or society comprising non-governmental and non-profit making organisations or associations including charities, voluntary and community groups.


Grant Application Process

Petroc have developed a two stage application process and will offer training and guidance to any organisations who wish to submit an application. The full applications detailing the projects activities and targets to be achieved will be assessed by a panel including a member of Petroc staff (but not the Petroc Projects Team), a member from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and a nominated person from the area in which the programme is planning to deliver.  


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