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LIFT Community Grants

Local Investment in Future Talent (LIFT) have Community Grants to help get people into work across Norfolk and Suffolk. 

The grant scheme is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). It invests in attractive and accessible employability support projects to help get people the skills they need to work. This could involve getting people into more formal learning.

The grants are aimed at smaller voluntary community and social enterprise organisations (based in Norfolk or Suffolk) who help people furthest from the jobs market because they are:

  • Long-term unemployed
  • 16-25 and not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • Facing other barriers to work but can move into employment or self-employment with the right support
  • Disadvantaged when it comes to finding work
  • In need of support to become confident and ready for employment and/or formal learning and skills provision

We are particularly (but not exclusively) interested in projects that will benefit people who are:

  • Long-term unemployed
  • NEET young people aged 16+
  • Over 50
  • From an ethnic minority group
  • With a disability or health condition
  • Carers
  • Lone parents
  • Ex-offenders
  • Refugees or migrants

Find out about previously funded projects by contacting the LIFT team lift@norfolk.gov.uk

How much is the funding

As a guide, LIFT Community Grants expects to offer funding of up to £20,000 per project for 100% of the project’s activity costs.

Projects must support those eligible to receive ESF funded support and who live in Norfolk or Suffolk.

Organisations can only submit one project application per funding round.

Applying for the grant

The LIFT Community Grants programme is managed by the LIFT team at Norfolk County Council on behalf of both Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils.

We have project facilitators in Norfolk and Suffolk, so you can discuss your project ideas and get support with the application process.

For project ideas in Norfolk email helen.read@norfolk.gov.uk or call 01603 223179.

For project ideas in Suffolk email jim.brown@suffolk.gov.uk or call 07809 594530.

The last date that an individual participant can join a project is 28 February 2021.

All funded projects must have finished and supplied all evidence and reports by 31 July 2021.

How we decide

The final decision on grant applications is made by either our Norfolk or Suffolk LIFT Boards. These are made up of local reps from across the public, voluntary and private sector.

Successful applicants will show they’re able to:

  • Support those not in work to move closer to work
  • Identify, support and “motivate” those not actively seeking work
  • Tackle complex barriers to work for those with particular needs
  • Offer an attractive, accessible and structured learning project
  • Support people to engage with learning and enable progression into employment or more formal learning and skills provision
  • Create systems to keep evidence of project activity and outcomes (including progression) and the eligibility of participants to receive support

Deadlines for applications

Currently closed for new applications. Additional funding rounds may be announced in future.

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