Every £25k create
1 job

Employment & Enterprise

Every £25k create
1 job

Copeland Community Fund 2022-2025 Strategy continues to prioritise Employment & Enterprise projects. There are 4 areas in which a project may focus:

(1) Employment & Enterprise Projects

  • Projects delivering – Advice for Work
    • g. Information, advice and guidance (including CV writing and job searches), employer education focusing on young people
  • Projects delivering – Skills for Work
    • g. Sector based work academies, practical activities, basic skills (numeracy, literacy, personal development), targeted engagement, functional skills, work related course/certificate/licences, IT support
  • Projects delivering – Experience for Work
    • g. Work experience coordination (all ages), volunteering schemes, traineeships, mentoring / coaching
  • Projects delivering – Access into Work
    • g. Apprenticeship schemes/subsidies, job brokerage, graduate scheme, accessibility transport, employer engagement, employment factory


(2) Employment & Enterprise Infrastructure

  • To support organisations delivering the Employment & Enterprise agenda. Covering costs which will assist development; training, salaries and associated costs, external evaluations, volunteer expenses


(3) Project based – Creating Jobs and/or Safeguarding Jobs

  • Employment and training as direct outputs
  • Sustainability
  • Developing a community business
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Social Enterprises


(4) Pathways into Employment & Enterprise

  • Projects which support individuals to overcome barriers into work
  • Financial and / or digital inclusion to support pathways to unpaid and paid employment
  • Access to and jobs created or safeguarded for projects with health and wellbeing output
    • g. Supporting homelessness, domestic violence, mental health, isolation, disability, or age specific targeted projects.


  • Projects must demonstrate that they can meet the NDA Socio Economic Strategy.
  • Projects will be assessed on value for money / unit cost per job – For every £25,000 of grant, applicants must be able to create at least 1 new full-time equivalent sustainable job.
  • Organisations can apply for the Employment & Enterprise Fund on an individual basis, however, CCF also looks favourably on collaborative projects.
  • Applications to the Fund require match funding of:
    • 25% for projects with a grant request £3K to £25K
    • 50% for projects with a grant request in excess of £25k
  • Any project wishing to apply should consider how they can achieve and demonstrate a mix of the following outputs:
    • Number of people employed locally
    • Percentage of people living locally employed by the project (Converted into FTE)
    • Graduates retained in the local workforce two years after completing a graduate training programme
    • Number of people employed who were previously unemployed for a year or longer
    • Number of people who were not in employment, education, or training (NEETS) who have a job as a result of the project
    • Number of people employed as a result of the project who are rehabilitating young offenders (18-24 years old)
    • Number of people employed locally as a result of the project who are people with disabilities
    • Number of hours dedicated to supporting local unemployed people into work through a co-ordinated programme, by providing career mentoring, including mock interviews, CV advice, and careers guidance (16-24 years old)
    • Early years primary and nursery support (e.g. breakfast clubs, ‘brokerage’ etc.) provided as a result of the projing fundedect be
    • General engagement or support to enable general engagement with local young people through educational outreach
    • Number of school pupils involved in the project, annually
    • Attainment rates in relation to benchmark (i.e. before project) and the changes you are expecting to benchmark after the project has finished
    • Attainment gap per Pupil Premium pupil against (local) benchmark
    • Expert, qualified engagement or support to enable expert, qualified engagement through a coordinated programme with (local) young people through educational outreach e.g delivering careers talks, curriculum support, literacy support, safety talks.
    • Number of apprenticeships that have either been completed during the year, or that will be supported by the organisation to completion in the following years – Level 2, 3 or 4
    • Number of weeks spent on work placements or pre-employment course for people locally: 1-6 weeks student placements (unpaid)
    • Number of weeks spent on meaningful local work placements or pre-employment course (minimum 5 days) for people who are Not in Employment, Education or Training
    • Meaningful local work placements that pay minimum or National Living wage according to eligibility – 6 week more (internships)
  • Capital costs to support revenue projects may be considered on an individual project basis.
  • Exclusions for the Employment & Enterprise Fund include:
    • Faith based activities and venues
    • Direct replacement of activities which are a statutory obligation


Please contact Copeland Community Fund on 07833048986 or [email protected] for further information, guidance and support prior to submitting a funding application.