European Social Fund Community Grants- South East Region

Grants of up to £12,000 are available to organisations within the South East region who support the most disadvantaged individuals to access further learning opportunities or progress to employment. People benefitting from these grants will be experiencing barriers to access services and will be economically inactive or not in paid work.

Priority will be given to groups who work with:
Lone parents,
People with health/disability issues
Older people (50 years +)
People from ethnic minorities and diverse communities.

We are looking to fund projects that engage participants in activities that will encourage further learning and/or lead into employment.

Who can apply
Charity, ‘not for profit’ and voluntary and community organisations based and providing services in the South East Region (not including London Boroughs) can apply for this fund.

Who cannot apply
Statutory organisations,
National organisations without local connections,
Organisation that are affiliated to, and receiving funding from National organisations
Voluntary sector activities solely for the benefit of a statutory service
Groups promoting political or religious beliefs

Guidelines and criteria for this fund are now available on our website along with an application form.

Grant panels will be held in March 2012, September 2012 and February 2013, with all projects completed by September 2013.

Applications for the next round of funding need to be received by the deadline of noon on the 24th AUGUST 2012.

For information about ESF Community Grants in your area please contact the following

Thames Valley (Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Milton Keynes) – Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action 01865 258911 or email

For further information about ESF Community Grants please contact Jackie Bruder on 01483 447143 or e-mail

The South East Region Community Grants programme is funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and European Social Fund (ESF) and managed by Surrey Community Action.

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