Copeland Community Fund 2017-19 Work & Skills Fund Strategy commits to two years funding for Work & Skills projects in the borough. There are 4 areas in which a project may focus:
(1) Work & Skills Projects
- Projects delivering – Advice for Work
- e.g. Information, advice and guidance (including CV writing and job searches), employer education focusing on young people
- Projects delivering – Skills for Work
- e.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
- e.g. Work experience coordination (all ages), volunteering schemes, traineeships, mentoring / coaching
- Projects delivering – Access into Work
- e.g. Apprenticeship schemes/subsidies, job brokerage, graduate scheme, accessibility transport, employer engagement, employment factory
(2) Work & Skills Infrastructure
- To support organisations delivering the Work & Skills 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
- Developing a community business
- Social Enterprises
(4) Pathways into Work & Skills
- Projects which support individuals to overcome barriers into work
- Financial and / or digital inclusion
- Jobs created or safeguarded for projects with health and wellbeing output
- e.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 Policy.
- 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 Work & Skills Fund on an individual basis, however, CCF also looks favourably on collaborative projects.
- The Fund encourages collaborative projects, and as such will consider such Work & Skills projects for up to 100% funding, under exceptional circumstances and subject to CCF Board approval.
- Applications to the Fund (with the exception of collaborative projects noted above) require match funding of:
- 50% for projects with a grant request over £25k
- 25% for projects with a grant request under £25k
- Any project wishing to apply should consider how they can achieve and demonstrate the following outputs:
- Social Enterprises Created
- FTE Jobs Created
- FTE Jobs Safeguarded
- Local People Assisted in their Skills Development
- Local People Helped to Secure Employment, Education or Training
- No. of Apprentices and/or Trainees
- No. of Volunteer hours
- Capital costs to support revenue projects may be considered on an individual project basis.
Exclusions for the Work & Skills Fund will include:
- Youth focused projects (apply to Youth Fund)
- Faith based activities
- Individual schools or other educational establishments
- Direct replacement of activities which are a statutory obligation
Contact Copeland Community Fund on 01946 598352 for further information or email firstname.lastname@example.org