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ESF Community Grants

The ESFA Community Grants funding programme gives small, voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of less than £750,000 an opportunity to access funds to deliver projects that help engage and progress ‘hard to reach’ individuals towards the labour market.

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for projects or initiatives that help people take steps towards a future career and reduce unemployment and inactivity.

For information please click here.

Windrush Community Fund

Grants of up to £25,000 are available for charities, community or grassroots organisations for projects that raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), the Windrush Compensation Scheme or both.


Projects awarded the minimum funding of £2,500 must be delivered within six months of receipt of funding.  Projects awarded between £2,501 and £25,000 must be delivered within 12 months of receipt of funding.

For more information and an application form visit the Windrush Community Fund website.

Applications close on 30 June 2021.


Baring Foundation - art for mental health grants – deadline 18 August 

The Foundation is awarding grants of £12k to £15k from a £900k fund to support organisations that specialise in providing creative opportunities to people, including children and young people, with mental health problems.  This must be the organisation’s sole focus and must employ the skills of professionally trained artists.

For more information visit the Baring Foundation website. 

ESFA grants to support unemployed people

The next round of the ESFA Community Grants programme is now open and will be accepting applications from until 15 December 2019. 

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to registered not-for-profit organisations based in the LLEP and D2N2 areas with a turnover of less than £500,000. Grants are available to deliver a projects or initiatives lasting no more than 6 months, that help people take steps towards a future career, reduce unemployment and tackle economic inactivity.

To find the guidance and application form visit the Futures website. Organisations must meet strict eligibility criteria for this grant, so please read the specification and guidance thoroughly.
You will be asked to download the form and submit the completed version as an electronic copy by email to with any necessary supporting documents.
The deadline for submission is 5pm on 15 December 2019.