ESF Community Grants, funded by the European Social Fund, is a programme that aims to support small and voluntary organisations with grants of £1,000 - £20,000 for local initiatives that will move unemployed and inactive people towards employment, training or education. 

The programme opened in April 2019, and is scheduled to close to applications in September 2020, with all activity being finished and reported by July 2021. 

ESF Community Grants are funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and are being managed by Petroc in Devon and Somerset.

Grants will support a range of activities aimed at moving individuals towards the labour market by improving their access to local employment and skills provision. They will provide support to underrepresented communities and individuals, especially those from deprived communities, to access employment, including self-employment, or further learning and training. 

The programme is expected to reach 447 participants in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay and 192 participants in Somerset. Participants must be, aged 16 years or over, legally resident in the UK and able to take paid employment in the UK and currently unemployed or inactive.

If you would like to know more about this programme or would like to discuss further please contact communitygrants@petroc.ac.uk