Presentation on theme: "ESF Community Learning Grants in the North West Information Event: Manchester 13 February 2014."— Presentation transcript:
ESF Community Learning Grants in the North West Information Event: Manchester 13 February 2014
ESF Community Learning Grants in the North West Welcome & Introductions OBJECTIVES: what we will cover in next hour: European Social Fund – John Hacking ESF Community Grants – Ian McHugh Application Process – Alycia Hanson Advice & Support from Locality – Anton Schultz Experience of Funded Projects Opportunity for Questions
ESF Community Learning Grants in the North West Ian McHugh Project Manager, WEA (Grant Coordinating Body) February 2014
What is WEA? WORKERS’ EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION National charity with committee democratically elected by members- established in 1903. UK’s largest voluntary adult educational provider Each year we run over 10,000 courses with over 100,000 enrolments. We deliver all our courses through community partnerships. Our NW region – Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester with offices in Manchester, Liverpool & Workington.
What is ESF? European Social Fund - 2 main priorities 1) extending employment opportunities: helping those furthest from labour market to get into work 2) developing a skilled and adaptable workforce: improving skills and productivity of those in work
WEA role as ESF Grant Coordinating Body Develop & manage ESF Community Grants Programme in NW on behalf of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) In partnership with Locality, VOLA & Community Matters Develop & publicise application process: ensure programme supports and reaches the communities and individuals who most need it
ESF Community Learning Grants Grants of between £1,000 - £13,500 To support some of the hardest to reach communities and individuals To help people access further learning or training that could lead to employment Available from January 2014 until July 2015, with 3 funding rounds Merseyside - £728,000 (£266,000 2012-13) Rest of NorthWest - £2,860,000 (£1,482,000)
Who benefits? Unemployed individuals – access to learning and support that improves employability (progression towards the labour market) Organisations who apply – ESF Community Learning Grants can be a route to developing your ability to deliver employment and skills activities
Funding for what? Eligible ORGANIZATIONS: which groups can apply? Eligible ACTIVITIES: what can be funded? Eligible PARTICIPANTS: who can take part?
Which groups can apply for funding? Small constituted community and voluntary groups, registered charities & and charitable companies (limited by guarantee) Social enterprises such as Community Interest Companies (CIC) - so long as surpluses used for community benefit Organisations with income of no more than £300,000 per year (excluding donations and other fundraising) in last financial year…. And employing no more than 9 FTE staff Not in direct receipt of DWP or SFA funding
What activities can the grants pay for? Help with developing basic skills Confidence building Personal development Taster work experience Voluntary work Training, advice and guidance Job search assistance Accredited learning
Some examples of projects so far Training kitchen for homeless young people (Macclesfield) Film and media training for women with low self esteem (Barrow) Training in furniture workshop for people with learning difficulties (Bury) Support in overcoming barriers for prolific ex-offenders (Manchester) + Other projects here today?
ESF Target Group & Priority Groups The ESF Target Group – unemployed or economically inactive people 19 years & over from hardest to reach communities. Not limited to particular geographical areas - pockets of need throughout the region Within the target group, 5 particular priority groups identified
ESF Priority Groups Women People with disabilities or health conditions (including learning difficulties, mental health, drug & alcohol dependency) People aged 50 & over and seeking employment Lone parents Black & Minority Ethnic communities However, applications need not be limited to those priority groups: other adults under-represented in labour market – could be 19-25 yr olds, homeless, ex-offenders etc
Who benefited? Actual beneficiaries: 4229 enrolled on North West (not incl. Merseyside) projects of whom 2674 female 889 over 50 1251 disabled 1770 BME communities 639 lone parents
Outcomes Of 4218 beneficiaries for whom we have data: 422 received awards for accredited training 281 began regular volunteering 195 went on to further training 310 found employment (including self-employment)
ESF Community Learning Grants in the North West Alycia Hanson Project Administrator WEA (Grant Coordinating Body) February 2014 1.Application Process (Round 5) 2.Capacity Building
1.1 Application process Eligibility Assessment online Application by e-mail (electronic version) by 9am Monday 31 March 2014 Hard copy application including supporting documents – by recorded delivery post by 4pm Friday 4 April 2014 Gateway – checking for incomplete or ineligible application forms
1.2 Application process Supporting Evidence Required – 6 items Constitution Previous year’s accounts Annual Report Health & Safety Policy Equality & Diversity Policy Adult Safeguarding Policy Scoring Process – 5 Independent Panels Recommendations to Project Steering Group
1.3 Common Application Mistakes Not meeting the eligibility criteria Not fully completing the forms Not enough evidence of demand for proposed activity Budget not clearly defined Learning activity to be delivered (or benefit to learner) not clearly identified Looking for contribution for existing work – must be seen as something ADDITIONAL
1.4 If you are not successful We will offer: Outline feedback from panel on why not successful Advice available from our partners e.g. Locality, Community Matters, VOLA Access to Capacity Building support
1.5 If you are successful We will: Visit you at your Learning Venue Invite you to an Induction Workshop Give you a Grant Offer Letter Offer you Capacity Building Support We will ask you for: Learner Records & Outcomes Financial Records & Evidence End of Project Report & Case Studies
2.What is Capacity Building ? Additional support up to £1,500 on offer to both funded groups and unsuccessful applicants Training for organisations rather than individual beneficiaries To ‘improve delivery to ESF priority groups’ Wide in scope, but could include e.g.: Developing quality of teaching and learning Development of accreditation Guidance on mainstream routes to employment and training Gearing up to bid for grants and contracts
Finding out more Frequently asked questions (FAQ), case studies from previous projects and guidance notes on application form - all available from NW WEA online Application form can be downloaded if you pass basic eligibility assessment Workshops & events to advertise the funding & help potential applicants
Help from our Partners Locality, Community Matters & VOLA Pre-application support Project Visits (if offered grant) Capacity Building visits Capacity Building training Project Steering Group Contact via ESF Grants Office
Round 5 Opens Friday 31 st January 2014 Closes Monday 31 st March - 9am Notified by Friday 2 nd May Visited by Friday 16 th May Induction workshops w/b 19 th May Funds available from start of June Funding to be spent by end May 2015
Round 6 Opens Monday 26 th May 2014 Closes Monday 7 th July - 9am Notified by Friday 1 st August Visited by Friday 15 th August Induction workshops w/b 18 August Funds available from start of Sept. Funding to be spent by end May 2015
Round 7 Opens Monday 1 st September 2014 Closes Monday 27 th October - 9am Notified by Friday 21 st November Visited by Friday 5th December Induction workshops w/b 8 th Dec. Funds available from start Jan. 2015 Funding to be spent by end May 2015
ESF Community Learning Grants in the North West Question & Answer Session
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