Could your organisation make a real difference with a grant of up to £20,000?

Do you have an idea for a project in Lancashire to help people from your community move closer to the labour market, into further education or into training?

The ESF Community Grant Programme is already helping many people across the Lancashire Region who face additional barriers in the workplace to improve their employability and gain employment. The current launch is a targeted Grant Programme in response to COVID 19.

This round is called Moving-On and seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary organisations who are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and emerging barriers arising from the impact of COVID 19.

Small grants of up to £20,000 are available across the Lancashire to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector.

Projects should look to develop and maintain participant connections to learning experiences. Project activity should support, maintain and improve participant employability and resilience.

All project activity must be within the current government COVID restrictions, but should include flexibility to adapt as and when those restrictions change in future months.

Funded activities will target those aged 16 and over, from the hardest to reach communities.  The funding can help ALL who are out of work or economically inactive but especially those that:

  • Have disabilities, learning difficulties or health conditions
  • Are from ethnic minorities
  • Are aged over 50
  • Are women

To find out more about the grant please visit where you will be able to download the application form, guidance notes and FAQs from our website.

Re-Connect for Lancashire opens on Thursday 1st April 2021

DEADLINE for applications – Noon – Friday 23rd April 2021

For further information, please e mail 

 You can find out more about this grant by attending either of the zoom Information sessions which are taking place on 14th April and 20th April 10:00-11:30 am. You can book onto these sessions via our website using the above link.