ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme which is distributing £900,000 in small grants in the Black Country region between 2016 and 2018. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning opportunities. The community grant programme is jointly funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and ESF.


Funded activities must be aimed at unemployed individuals aged 18 and over from the hardest to reach communities. Priority groups for the Black Country region are as follows:

People from ethnic minorities.


Applications will be considered from any community that can evidence disadvantaged people, for example homeless and lone parents.

Offenders/ex offenders

People with disability and/or health conditions

People aged 50 and over

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available for small charities or not-for-profit community organisations based in and providing services in the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership area. Eligible applicants must have an annual turnover of less than £150,000.



ESF Community Grants Guidance

Walsall MBC Community Grants Application_2016-18


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