Applications open for £130m BLF fund to support projects for job-seekers

The Big Lottery Fund is providing funding jointly with the European Social Fund to 61 already identified projects in 18 local enterprise partnership areas in England

Funding help for projects that work with job-seekers
Funding help for projects that work with job-seekers

The Big Lottery Fund has opened applications for a share of more than £130m of funding to support projects that will help people into work.

The funding, which is being provided jointly with the European Social Fund, will be given to support 61 already identified projects in 18 local enterprise partnership areas in England.

The BLF said examples of the schemes included those that would provide specialist employability training to people living in rural, isolated areas, or to people who are homeless, have mental health issues or who are overcoming addiction issues.

The projects are expected to be supported by funding that ranges from about £450,000 to £7.4m. They include one in the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP area that will provide vocational support and training to young people aged 15 to 24, a scheme in the Liverpool area that will provide people with basic online skills and confidence in using digital technology, and a project in the Tyne and Wear area that helps people with significant physical or mental health problems to find work.

It is the second phase of the programme. The first phase opened in June and offered £175m for projects designed to improve numeracy, literacy, personal finance and other skills.

Dawn Austwick, chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund, said: "Working with local enterprise partnerships across England, these projects will enable people to overcome challenges and improve their long-term job prospects."

The closing date for stage one applications is midday on 30 November.

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