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GLOBAL GRANTS. Tamsyn Hammond LSC Beds & Luton. What are Global Grants?. Small scale grants for local community and voluntary organisations and other non-governmental, not-for-profit bodies To provide small scale activities to improve the employment prospects of local people.

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Tamsyn Hammond

LSC Beds & Luton

What are Global Grants?

  • Small scale grants for local community and voluntary organisations and other non-governmental, not-for-profit bodies

  • To provide small scale activities to improve the employment prospects of local people

Who is involved?

  • Funded by the European Social Fund and project partners

  • Partners include:

    • Bedford Borough Council

    • Bedfordshire County Council

    • Bedfordshire & Luton Learning & Skills Council

    • Bedfordshire Funding Advice Bureau

    • Mid Beds CVS

    • Voluntary Action Luton

    • Voluntary and Community Action South Bedfordshire

    • South Bedfordshire District Council

    • North Beds CVS

    • Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity

How much can you apply for?

  • Between £500 and £10,000

  • No limit to the number of times you can apply

  • However, you can only hold one grant at a time, and receive no more than 2 in a 12 month period

  • Your organisation must have a governing document and a bank account in the organisation’s name and an Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement.

When can you apply?

  • You can submit an application at any time

  • Approval panels meet at quarterly intervals, so plenty of opportunities to apply

  • It is strongly recommended that you submit your application well before the published panel meeting dates.

  • If you would like any assistance in completing the application form, please contact your local Council for Voluntary Service

What will Global Grants fund?

Projects that support:

  • Unemployed people, especially;

    • Those who experience long term or repeat periods of short term unemployment

    • Over 50’s who want to return to work

  • Children and Young People

    • 13 – 17 year olds who have chosen to leave the education system

What will Global Grants fund?

  • Communities suffering barriers to employment, especially;

    • Black & minority ethnic groups

    • Refugees

    • Those who live in areas with high levels of people out of work

What will Global Grants fund?

  • Other groups suffering barriers to becoming employed, especially;

    • People with learning difficulties, physical or sensory disabilities &/or mental health problems

    • Parents & carers who want to return to work

    • The homeless & rough sleepers

    • People with substance abuse &/or alcohol & drug problems

    • Ex-offenders

    • Lone parents

Examples of projects that might be eligible

  • Activities that help to raise the self esteem and confidence of people

  • Activities that help to reduce social isolation in communities

  • Activities such as basic skills training or confidence building

Projects that have been funded so far

  • A project which provided ICT training to the local community on a drop in basis with the grant helping to fund a cyber café

  • A project, which worked with people suffering or recovering from mental health problems to access skills training

What Global Grants will not fund

  • Organisations that have already received or been awarded European Social Fund money since 1st January 2000

  • Capacity building activity

  • Capital items over £1000

  • Organisations who do not have a bank account, governing document or an equal opportunities policy or statement

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • All projects will be monitored & evaluated by the managing agent for each area

  • A monitoring visit will be conducted to a number of projects 6 months after the start date or halfway through the project

  • A final report and expenditure statement will be required at the conclusion of the project

Publicity Requirements

  • All projects will make sure that the people they are helping are made aware that they are part funded through the European Social Fund (ESF)

  • All publicity material for the project must include the ESF logo

  • Publicity materials are available from the managing agents in each area

For projects hoping to run

in Luton:

Jean Myrie

Voluntary Action Luton

15 New Bedford Road


Beds, LU1 1SA

Tel: 01582 733418

Fax: 01582 733013


For projects hoping to run

in Bedfordshire:

Bob Hughes


The Barn, Buttercup Farm

Hockliffe Road, Tebworth

Leighton Buzzard

Tel: 01525 878144


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