Do you have an idea for a project in Lancashire to help people from your community move
closer to the labour market, into further education or into training?
The ESF Community Grant Programme is already helping many people across the
Lancashire Region who face additional barriers in the workplace to improve their
employability and gain employment. The current launch is a targeted Grant Programme in
response to COVID 19.
This round is called Re-Connect and seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary
organisations who are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and
emerging barriers arising from the impact of COVID 19.
Small grants of up to £20,000 are available across the Lancashire to eligible organisations in
the VCSE sector.
Projects should look to develop and maintain participant connections to learning
experiences. Project activity should support, maintain and improve participant
employability and resilience.
All project activity must be within the current government COVID restrictions, but should
include flexibility to adapt as and when those restrictions change in future months.
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 or economically inactive but
especially those that:
 Have disabilities, learning difficulties or health conditions
 Are from ethnic minorities
 Are aged over 50
 Are women

To find out more about the grant please visit https://www.wea.org.uk/lancashire-
community-grants-open-application Where you will be able to download the
application form, guidance notes and FAQs from our website.
Re-Connect for Lancashire opens on Wednesday 15 th July 2020
DEADLINE for applications – Noon – Monday 10 th August 2020
For further information, please e mail [email protected]
ZOOM Information sessions will take place on 22 & 29 July and 5 Aug. Please e-mail
[email protected] for further details.