Jackie Bruder Sandra Turner ESF Community Grants Project Manager ESF Community Grants 2011-2013 South East Region Skills Funding Agency & Surrey Community Actions Role What is the purpose of Community Grants The ESF Community Grant focuses on the hardest to reach communities and unemployed/socially inactive individuals who have difficulty in accessing mainstream provision and/or ESF funding. It has funded a considerable range of activities and has enabled a number of beneficiaries to access further learning opportunities or progress into training & employment. It has supported 109 organisations across Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Thames Valley, Kent & Medway to deliver opportunities. So how did this happen? SCA along with it’s partners applied for funding to the SFA Funding approved and work commenced Sept 2011 Partnership working Money Next steps Promotion of Community Grants Receipt of applications Panel meetings & decisions Advising successful applicants The hard work begins!! Delivering the project 1 Some examples of what the project could/has been delivered Initial help with basic skills Taster work experience including voluntary work Confidence building & personal development Training advice and guidance Job search assistance Delivering the project 2 Contracts & requirements, policies & procedures Recruitment of beneficiaries Evidence Rigorous financial systems & records Partnership working SFA & SCA contract meetings Steering Group Management Group Panel meetings Monitoring meetings On going support What next?