Employment

Grants to Reduce Employment Inequalities: Round Two Now Open (Scotland) 3rd August 2018

Private businesses and third sector organisations proposing to work with private business have until noon on the 30th August 2018 to apply for grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 to help them to reduce employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers in the workplace. Of particular interest are businesses working in the arts, culture, leisure, tourism, finance, manufacturing, construction, agriculture and fishing, transport and communic...

Fund to Help Tackle the Disability Employment Gap Launched (England, Scotland and Wales) 20th July 2018

A new multi-million pound has been announced that aims to help more disabled people in the workplace. Grants of a minimum of £50,000 from a total pot of £4.2million will be awarded to employers, charities, social enterprises, local authorities or health bodies to test new, innovative approaches that have the potential to help people experiencing mental health and/or musculoskeletal conditions to stay in work. Initiatives supported will focus...

Funding Support for Former Mining Communities (East & West Midlands, North East & North West of England, Yorkshire and Kent) 28th June 2018

Community and voluntary groups in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities in England can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to tackle key challenges that still affect their areas. A total of £125,000 is available in this funding round to address the following themes: Skills - growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities; Employment - developing pathways to increase the number of people in work; and Health - su...

New Fund Launched to Boost Construction Skills (UK) 26th June 2018

Employers, housing associations and other interested bodies such as LEPs and local authorities have 8 weeks from 18th June 2018 to submit expressions of interest to a new £22 million fund that aims to tackle the skills shortage in the construction industry. Funding will be available for up to 18 months for at least 20 existing and prospective on-site learning hubs that bring training to construction sites thus allowing learners, particularly...

New Apprenticeship Bursaries for Young People Leaving Care (England) 30th May 2018

From the 1 August 2018, extra financial support will be available for young people aged 16 – 24 who are leaving care and want to start an apprenticeship. The UK Government has announced a new £1,000 bursary payment to help with the first year of an apprenticeship to help with the transition into the workplace. The scheme is one element of a wider review of the apprenticeship support scheme and will come into force on 1st August 2018. Bursa...

Grants of up to £300,000 Available to Help People Return to Work (England) 15th May 2018

Grants of up to £300,000 are available for projects that help people back into work after time out caring. Funding is available for projects that help returners update their skills, provide other training, or support businesses to increase employment opportunities for returners. The fund will prioritise projects that focus on small and medium enterprises, employers outside London, and projects that support returners at all skill levels. The...

Government Announces New Tech Fund to Support Disabled People and Their Employers (England Scotland and Wales) 14th May 2018

Access to work is a government initiative that provides financial support to ensure that someone’s disability or health condition does not hold them back at work. As part of this the Minister for Disabled People has announced a new Tech Fund; this fund means that medium and large employers will no longer be required to pay a mandatory contribution towards the cost of assistive technology. The funding aims to help to break down the barriers t...

New Support Programme Launched for Social Enterprises (UK) 27th April 2018

A combination of business support as well as potential access to finance are available to social enterprises that improve access to employment for those excluded from the labour market. Designed to give social enterprises the chance to grow their business and deliver greater social impact, up to 20 ventures will be supported in 2018. The support is being made available through Unltd’s new social accelerator programme, Thrive. . Eligible a...

Funding for Projects that Improve People’s Lives (UK) 23rd April 2018

Grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years are available to charitable organisations that help people at times of crisis in their lives. In particular, funding is available when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. The funding is provided through the Henry Smith Charity Improving Lives Programme. Eligible organisations include charities and not-for-profit organisati...