Walsall Council wins contract to deliver £1million Black Country European Social Fund Community Grants Programme 

Small Black Country third sector organisations and not for profit groups that help improve the skills and job prospects of local residents now have the chance to benefit from assistance being offered by the European Social Fund (ESF) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

The Black Country’s community and voluntary groups may be eligible for the Community Grants programme if they have an annual income below £150,000 and can demonstrate an innovative approach to helping people who are out of work or disadvantaged learn new skills and move closer to the workforce.

The programme – worth £990,000 – is jointly funded by the SFA and ESF and offers grants of up to £10,000 for each organisation.

Applications can be made to Walsall Council who successfully tendered to act as the local Grant Co-ordinating Body on behalf of the SFA.

Applications can be submitted now as part of an open call programme. Around 100 Black Country projects will be funded between now and March 2018.

Application materials, eligibility criteria and guidance are available by contacting Walsall Council’s External Funding Team on 01922 655998 or can be downloaded at

Walsall Council is holding a briefing event on 29th November, 10:00-12:00, at St Paul’s Crossing, Darwall Street, Walsall so interested groups can learn more about Community Grants and the application process.

Successful applicants will also be able to access bespoke training and capacity building support to enable them to deliver the part EU funded project.


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