The Solent Community Grants Programme has been created by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and is supported by the European Social Fund, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation fund holders, Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council.
The programme is a result of the call issued by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to commission ESF funded projects that will support the Priority Axis 1 of the Operational Programme: Inclusive Labour Markets and Investment.
The fund has been created to provide grants to support organisations who are able to reach and work with individuals with complex barriers to employment, enabling them to move closer or into employment.
The fund provides grants of £10,000 to £30,000 to groups working in the Solent LEP area. Priority will be given to those working in areas of the highest unemployment and deprivation.
Round 2 is specifically targeting inactive participants, these are people who are not seeking work and not currently available to work such as long-term sick, people with disabilities, and those caring for family.
Round 2 is now closed for applications