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1 ESF Community Learning Grants in the North West Information Event: Manchester 13 February 2014

2 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

3 ESF Community Learning Grants in the North West Ian McHugh Project Manager, WEA (Grant Coordinating Body) February 2014

4 What is WEA?  WORKERS’ EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION  National charity with committee democratically elected by members- established in  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.

5 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

6 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

7 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, )  Rest of NorthWest - £2,860,000 (£1,482,000)

8 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

9 Funding for what?  Eligible ORGANIZATIONS: which groups can apply?  Eligible ACTIVITIES: what can be funded?  Eligible PARTICIPANTS: who can take part?

10 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

11 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

12 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?

13 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

14 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 yr olds, homeless, ex-offenders etc

15 Who benefited? Actual beneficiaries: 4229 enrolled on North West (not incl. Merseyside) projects of whom 2674 female 889 over disabled 1770 BME communities 639 lone parents

16 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)

17 ESF Community Learning Grants in the North West Alycia Hanson Project Administrator WEA (Grant Coordinating Body) February Application Process (Round 5) 2.Capacity Building

18 1.1 Application process Eligibility Assessment online Application by (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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 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

26 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

27 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

28 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  Funding to be spent by end May 2015

29 ESF Community Learning Grants in the North West Question & Answer Session

30  Becoming a Grant Panel Member

31  Don’t forget to complete your evaluation form!

32  ESF Grants Team, WEA North West Region, 4 th floor, Crawford House, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9GH   Tel: / 5408 /5415   Contact Details:


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