NW ESF Community Grants Grant Coordinating Body Ian Standish WEA Regional Education Manager
WEA A large voluntary adult educational provider and national charity - established in 1903. A single Association with elected & appointed Trustees, an Association Committee, democratically elected by members. Covers all 9 English regions. NW – Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester with offices in Manchester, Liverpool & Workington. In 2009/10, in partnership with a wide range of voluntary and community orgs’, ran over 10,000 courses with over 100,000 enrolments.
ESF Community Grant Coordinating Body Role To make sure that the programme supports and reaches the communities and individuals who need it. Develop & manage a Community Grants Programme on behalf of the SFA (Two contracts). Engage key stakeholders in the delivery model across the region. Develop & publicise an application process. Receive, assess and select applications for grants and provide support to grant recipients. Monitor & evaluate outcomes & performance. Liaise & work with regional/sub regional partnerships.
ESF Community Grant Activities (Up to £12k) Examples: Help with basic skills Taster work experience inc voluntary work Training advice and guidance Job search assistance Confidence building Personal development Support to overcome barriers to training and employment
ESF Community Grant target groups and priority NW - £1,852,655 & Merseyside £355,164 Eligible – unemployed and economically inactive people over 18 years & who are from hardest to reach communities. Priority groups are – participants with disabilities or health conditions, aged 50 & over, ethnic minorities, lone parents, participants who are female.
ESF Community Grants Capacity Building Grants Available Small third sector organisations eligible to apply. Requires further definition but some example activities may include: Training for staff and volunteers on mainstream routes to employment and training. Development of accreditation arrangements in- house.
ESF Community Grants Two to three grant rounds per year. Local support workshops & events to advertise the fund & help applicants apply. Prospectus providing all information on how to apply, eligible activity, application forms, local contacts for support etc. Use a range of media to advertise and market the fund including social media.
ESF Community Grants Contact Details: WEA North West Region Amanda Smith – direct line: 0161 277 5411 (Office 0161 277 5400.) Website www.nw.wea.org.uk