Below you’ll find answers to some of the questions we get asked the most about the Community Grants programme.

Please also refer to the Grant Information page, which should contain all of the information you require about the programme, including how to apply.

This page will be regularly updated with FAQs received, so keep looking here for more information.

Q: I’m not a charity- can I still apply?

Yes, as long as you are classed as a small organisation, i.e. you employ fewer than 49 full time equivalent staff and have an annual turnover equal to or under £10 million or balance sheet equal to or below £10 million

Q: Can I apply for more than one grant at a time?

No, a maximum of one grant per organisation can be held at one time

Q: What’s the maximum grant I can apply for?

We are issuing grants between the values of £10k and £20k, so £20k is the maximum you can apply for.

Q: Can I apply for a grant less than £10k?

No, we are issuing grants between the values of £10k and £20k, so £10k is the minimum you can apply for.

Q: My organisation isn’t based in the SELEP area, can we still apply?

Eligibility is defined by where delivery takes place and where the participants live, rather than where the organisation is based. The ESFA guidance is: “participants in funded programmes must be at least 16 years old, unemployed or economically inactive and resident in the SELEP area. Projects must be delivered in the SELEP region”. You can identify postcodes within the SELEP area here.

Q: What is meant by the term ‘progression’?

Progressions are defined as

  • A start in paid employment or self-employment
  • A start on a programme of education and training at a higher level than completed on the ESF programme OR for a minimum of 20 guided learning hours at the same level


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