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ESF Community Grants Programme 2019/20

Middlesbrough Council, in partnership with the four Tees Valley councils, has been awarded funding to support those who are furthest from the labour market to move into work. The programme is jointly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

The programme is managed by Hartlepool Council.

About the Community Grants Programme

Grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 are available for individual projects. The intent of the Community Grants Programme is to enable appropriate third sector and other small organisations to access ESF funding, when they wouldn't otherwise be able to.

Funding is for the purpose of mobilising disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and economically inactive people to facilitate their progress towards employment.

Grants will support a range of activities aimed at assisting the disadvantaged or excluded to move closer to the labour market by improving their access to local employment and skills provision. Please note, no profit can be made through grants issued within the Community Grants Programme.


You can apply for a grant via Hartlepool Borough Council’s website. On their website you can find the application form and guidance, eligibility requirements, and documents you'll need for monitoring your project.

The grants will be used to offer added value to programmes which are already being delivered in Middlesbrough, and must not duplicate programmes already available.

More information

Hartlepool Borough Council’s dedicated ESF Community Grants team can answer any questions you have relating to your proposed application, and can be contacted via:
Phone: 01429 857074

We would encourage you to speak to your local council before submitting an application, to make sure your proposed offer will meet the specific local need.

Middlesbrough Council

Claire Kemp
Phone: 01642 811400

Jessica Evans
Phone: 01642 811400

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