Applications are being invited to the The Greater Lincolnshire LEP Employment & Skills ESF Grant Programme which helps people back into work.

The programme is funded by the European Social Fund and available to third sector and other small organisations who meet the eligibility criteria.

Preference will be given to projects which support people who are long-term unemployed (although any length of unemployment is permitted) or who are distant from the labour market and face multiple disadvantages and profound barriers to work.

Projects will help participants to move towards or into employment or into learning.

Grants are available up to a maximum of £20,000 per project.

What sorts of projects will be awarded a grant?

Applications are particularly welcomed if they are new, innovative or offer something specific to a particular local area or cohort and don’t replicate what is already available in Greater Lincolnshire.

Eligibility: Initially applications will be invited from organisations and groups that employ less than 49 staff –  FTE (full time equivalent), and with a turnover of under £5 million p.a.

All delivery needs to take place within Greater Lincolnshire.

Grants can deliver a wide range of activities including but not limited to:

  • First contact engagement activities
  • Basic skills support
  • Projects to improve confidence, motivation and social integration
  • Developing local networks and groups
  • Softer skills development
  • Innovative approaches to attract under-represented groups. Priority groups include participants:
  • Over 50 years of age
  • With disabilities
  • From ethnic minorities
  • Who are women

The Employment & Skills Grants are a capped programme and will therefore only be issued to eligible initiatives whilst funds are still available.

Application process

Application forms will be available online from Monday 13 January. To begin your application please register your expression of interest here. A member of the team will be in touch to discuss your idea and the grant application process.

We have a series of grant application rounds which are open as follows:

13th-31st January 2020

11th February -3rd March 2020

11th March- 29th March 2020

14th April- 30th April 2020

11th May- 29th May 2020

15th June – 6th July 2020

5th August- 30th August 2020

9th September – 28th September 2020

7th October – 26th October 2020

A further round may be available subject to funding. This will constantly be reviewed.