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European Social Fund Community Grants Programme 2014/2015 Re-Opens.

The next round of the European Social Fund (ESF) Community Grants Programme 2014/2015 is now open for applications and is being delivered through the Heart of England Community Foundation

Grants of up to £15,000 are available for projects looking to help the long term unemployed travel closer to the job market.

Please note the following criteria;

  • If you are already in direct receipt of DWP or SFA funding, you cannot apply for an ESF Community Grant.
  • The maximum grant is £15,000. The maximum income of eligible applicant groups is £300,000 per annum.
  • Groups with more than 9 paid staff (or equivalent) are not eligible to apply.
  • Groups must be at least 12 months old and able to provide a full 12 months accounts to be eligible to apply.
  • Eligible groups must be not for profit organisation for example Community Interest Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee, Registered Charities, Constituted groups; if you are unsure if your group is eligible, call us for a chat.


Please click here to download the application form. Please also call the Grants Officer Kat Venton on 024 7688 3262 to discuss your plans prior to completing the application form. We will not accept applications that have not been discussed with us prior to submission. If you have any specific questions around criteria or eligibility please contact Kat Venton on 02476 883262 or email

Thanks to Steve Baylis of SCVO ( for forwarding this information.


Kindest regards

Edwin :-)




Wider Impact Consultancy, Edwin Lewis