All learners must be aged 18 or over and unemployed. At least 80% of your learners
must come from one or more of the priority groups.
Community Grants can only be used to support individuals who are legally resident
in the UK, or are able to take employment in the EU. Refugees can be supported, but
asylum seekers are not usually eligible.
Grant monies can cover the following costs:
premises used for training
equipment required for the training session
running costs of project, eg stationary, telephone
payment for a tutor or member of staff to deliver training
expenses incurred by learners in training (eg, travel, child care)
Community Grants can fund purchases of small items of equipment up to £1,000, but
cannot be used for to purchase equipment or property over this amount.
Budgeting and grant payments
If successful, your grant will be awarded in instalments, with a percentage paid
at the beginning of your project, a further payment midway through, and a final payment
made after your project is completed. Therefore it is important to ensure you have
enough funds to carry out your project until you receive the final grant instalment.
Policies and procedures
You will need to provide evidence of Health and Safety, and Equality and Diversity,
policies, and adequate insurance cover, to provide a safe and inclusive environment
If your organisation does not yet have these in place, or your policies need further
development, a capacity building fund is available as part of Community Grants. This
can provide training and support to help you develop your organisation deliver mainstream
funded projects in the future.
There are a number of standard forms to complete, for evaluation and monitoring purposes.
These include Learner Attendance sheets, Individual Learning Plans, LSC (Learning
and Skills Council) short record forms, case studies, and course evaluation forms.
You will receive support in completing the forms, but you will need to ensure you
have time to submit the forms on a regular basis.