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Groundwork is working with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to deliver Community Grants – a programme designed to support people with more complex barriers to accessing work move towards employment and digital inclusion.

The £2.55m programme offers funding pots of typically £20,000 to voluntary, community or social enterprise (VCSE) organisations across West Yorkshire. The programme is open to applications until Friday 28 June 2024.

Community Grants provides grants to organisations in the VCSE sector in West Yorkshire to help unemployed, economically inactive and socially excluded people towards employment, education and training.

Who can apply?
  • VCSE sector organisations able to deliver projects in the West Yorkshire area
  • Organisations which can demonstrate their capability to comply with UKSPF funding requirements

All project delivery must be completed by the end of December 2024. Therefore, organisations should already be engaging with a cohort of beneficiaries when applying for the grant, to ensure timely completion.

Eligible projects

Projects should aim to target people from priority groups, address need, and complement other local provision. Eligible projects will deliver from a range of interventions to help get people with a range of abilities and needs move closer to the labour market through training, mentoring, job search, employability, and life skills development.

Project participants must:

  • Be 18 years or older (or 16+ if they are not already supported by another provision)
  • Be unemployed or economically inactive
  • Be socially excluded
  • Have the right to work in the UK
Apply today
Read our full application guidance
Complete the eligibility checker to access the application portal
 Submit an application through the application portal
Need support?

Contact us: communitygrants.westyorkshire@groundwork.org.uk

About Community Grants

The Community Grants project is being delivered by Groundwork UK and is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). In West Yorkshire the West Yorkshire Combined Authority leads the implementation of the Fund as part of the Mayor’s ambition to make West Yorkshire the best place to work, learn and live.

About the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

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Read about our commitment to safeguarding when awarding grants.