LIFT: Local Investment in Future Talent

The Local Investment in Future Talent (LIFT) programme is a three strand employability and skills delegated grant scheme for voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSE) and other relevant organisations in the rural areas of Norfolk and North Suffolk.  There is just over £1m grant funding available for eligible projects up to spring 2020. Grants from £5,000 to around £50,000 are available; match funding is required.  The three funding strands are:

  • LIFT Jobs - enables organisations to engage with individuals who face barriers to work and move them into, or closer to, employment
  • LIFT Trials - helps organisations deliver tailored support for businesses so that they are able to offer a range of work experience to individuals who have limited or no workplace experience
  • LIFT Skills - assists organisations to deliver personalised skills support for people employed in rural businesses

LIFT is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), with financial support from Norfolk County Council, Broadland District Council and South Norfolk District Council.  All EU projects approved before the point at which the UK departs the EU will have their funding guaranteed by the UK government for their duration.

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