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London Councils ESF Programme

Priority 5 - Borough ESF Programme

London Councils is inviting applications from organisations or partnerships of providers to apply for European Social Fund (ESF) Programme funding. It will be funded by four London Boroughs and matched by ESF.

The Programme will work under ESF Priority Axis 1 – Inclusive Labour Markets. Priority 1.1 – Access to Employment for Job-Seekers and Inactive People – Improving the employability and skills of the unemployed and economically inactive people.

It will aim to:

  • focus on people that are economically inactive and long term unemployed

  • help identify the barriers individuals face in moving into work for example; confidence, lack of recent work experience, basic skills, job seeking and job-related skills

  • help identify other material barriers like debt and working with them to tackle these barriers

London Councils will fund provision in the London Borough of Hounslow and the programme will provide £175,400 worth of funding between 5 June 2017 to 31 December 2018. Partnership applications are also welcome from organisations.

Borough(s)/Consortium

Project Name

Funding Value

London Borough of Hounslow

Digital Media, Technical and Creative Skills

£175,400

Total

 

£175,400

The Borough Employment Programme’s prospectus, application documents and FAQs are available on the documents page.

Please note that all participants must be eligible to work in the UK and not be on the DWP Work Programme. Please read the prospectus for the eligibility criteria before making an application.

Applications must be submitted online by  7 April 2017.

How to apply

Please apply below. It will enable you to set up an account. Once this is set up, you will be taken to the online form. Full information on how to create, access, complete and submit your application can be found in Section 7 – Submitting an application of the Prospectus.

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Support and contacts

Firstly, please refer to our London Councils Borough ESF Employment Programme 2016-18 Prospectus and FAQs

If these have not answered your questions then email us - funding@londoncouncils.gov.uk. Please ensure you include 'ESF' in the subject heading. Your question and our response may be posted on the FAQs page. Please send your questions before 22 March 2017 as we may be unable to answer questions after that date.

Further Support

VCS Assist 2.0 is an EU part-funded project supporting voluntary and community sector organisations in London to successfully access the European Social Fund and deliver ESF projects.VCS Assist 2.0 will be holding a workshop for organisations interested in submitting an application to the London Councils ESF Borough Employment Programme for the London Borough of Hounslow.  

This event will be an opportunity to:

  • learn about eligibility, delivery and monitoring rules
  • ask any questions you may have

The workshops will be held on:

Monday 27th February 2017, 12pm-3pm

(Deadline for confirmation of attendance is Thursday 23nd February 2017)

 

At:

London Borough of Hounslow,

Committee Room 3

Hounslow Civic Centre,

Lampton Road,

London TW3 4DN

 

To attend this event, you will need to register in advance.  Please email Hope Tafirenyika on Hope.Tafirenyika@londoncouncils.gov.uk.

If you have any special requirements in order to fully access the materials and content of the workshop, please indicate them in your email. 

In the interest of fairness to all applicants, London Councils cannot discuss individual project ideas.

 

 

 

Priority 5 - Borough ESF Programme - 21 October 2016

Priority 5 - Borough ESF Programme

London Councils is pleased to launch its second European Social Fund (ESF) Programme for 2016-18. The Borough ESF Employment Programme is funded by eight London Boroughs and matched by ESF. The participating boroughs are:

The Programme will work under: ESF Priority Axis 1 – Inclusive Labour Markets – Priority 1.1 ‘Access to Employment for Job-Seekers and Inactive People - Improve the employability and skills of the long term unemployed and economically inactive people. Therefore, this Programme’s investment will support economically inactive and the long-term unemployed who are disadvantaged to tackle their barriers to work and sustainable employment.

The Programme will provide £1.85m of funding between 14 November 2016 to 31 December 2018. It will aim to:

  • improve the employability of the economically inactivity and long-term unemployed individuals, so that they can compete effectively in the construction industry 

  • provide tailored support for those with particular labour market disadvantage(s) (as detailed in the Participant Target Groups section of the Prospectus) to improve participants’ job readiness and sustainability in employment 

  • encourage inactive people to participate in the labour market and to improve their employability

  • achieve the training and qualifications required so that they can effectively compete in the construction labour market

The Construction Careers Programme’s prospectus and its application documents are available on the Documents page. Please note that all participants must be eligible to work in the UK and not be on the DWP Work Programme. London Councils will fund provision in the eight London boroughs and organisations are strongly recommended to begin developing partnerships.

Applications must be submitted online by 21 October 2016

What is required to apply

Read about the documents required to make your application

Frequently asked questions and supplementary information will also be uploaded to Documents page.

How to apply

For details on how to apply please see the London Councils Borough ESF Employment Programme 2016-18 ProspectusPlease refer to the London Councils Borough ESF Employment Programme 2016-18 Prospectus for the eligibility criteria before making an application to see if your organisation is eligible.

Please use the link below to apply. It will enable you to set up an account. Once this is set up, you will be taken to the online form. Full information on how to create, access, complete and submit your application can be found in Section 7 – Submitting an application of the Prospectus.

 

Support and contacts

Firstly, please refer to our London Councils Borough ESF Employment Programme 2016-18 Prospectus and FAQs 

If these have not answered your questions then email us - funding@londoncouncils.gov.uk. Please ensure you include 'ESF' in the subject heading. 

Your question and our response may be posted on the FAQs page. Please send your questions before 14 October 2016  as we may be unable to answer questions after that date.

In the interest of fairness to all applicants, London Councils cannot discuss individual project ideas.

Priority 3 - Tackling Poverty through Employment (European Social Fund match funded)

Priority 3 Tackling Poverty through Employment (European Social Fund match funded)

The London boroughs have commissioned six new initiatives to tackle poverty across the capital by helping long-term unemployed and disadvantaged residents into work.  The programme will make available £6 million funding in total

The projects, which will run from September 2016 to December 2018, are as follows:

Project

Borough Clusters

Available

amount

 

Winning Bidder

1

Hounslow, Ealing, Hillingdon, Brent & Richmond upon Thames

 

£896,229

Disability Times Trust

2

Wandsworth, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Sutton, Croydon & Lambeth

 

£966,423

London Training and Employment Network

3

Southwark, Lewisham, Bromley, Greenwich & Bexley

 

£926,312

MI ComputSolutions

4

Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Barnet, Harrow, Haringey & Hammersmith and Fulham

 

£928,819

Paddington Development Trust

5

Enfield, City of London, Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets & Camden

 

£938,847

Redbridge Council for Voluntary Service

6

Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge & Waltham Forest

 

£983,971

Redbridge Council for Voluntary Service

  • The Poverty Programme is half funded by boroughs’ contributions to the Grants Programme (£1 million per year). These are matched by £1 million from London Councils’ European Social Fund (ESF) Programme
  • London Councils receives this ESF from the GLA. The GLA operates within a framework set by the Department for Work and Pensions and the London Enterprise Panel.
  • The establishment of this new ESF programme and all funding made under it are conditional on London Councils being successful in signing an agreement on ESF with the GLA. It is anticipated that this will happen shortly.