Greater Manchester: ESF Community Grants 2019-2021 – Round 2 now open for applications

This £4.9 million programme to tackle unemployment launched in April 2019 with backing from the European Social Fund. Round two is now open until 16 October, 12pm.

The funds have been granted by the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in partnership with Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership to the WEA (Workers' Educational Association), an adult education charity which provides training and learning opportunities for people at risk of exclusion. Over the next two years, the charity will help thousands of people who face additional barriers in the workplace, such as lone parents, improve their employability and gain permanent employment.

The Workers' Educational Association (WEA) will distribute small grants of £20,000 across Greater Manchester to eligible organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector between April 2019 and May 2021. Funded activities will target those aged 16 and over, from the hardest to reach communities.

The funding can help all who are out of work but especially those that:

  • are homeless or at risk of being homeless

  • have low or no qualifications

  • lack literacy and numeracy skills

  • are lone parents

  • have disabilities, learning difficulties or health conditions

  • are women

  • are from ethnic minorities

  • are aged over 50

To book a place on one of the locality workshops being run for interested parties to attend to find out more information about the fund click here 

For any other queries please call the ESF Grants Team on 07824 821915 or email

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