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European Social Fund (ESF) Community Grants

Hartlepool Borough Council has been awarded the contract to manage the Tees Valley Community Grants Programme, in partnership with the other four Local Authorities within the sub-region.

The programme is jointly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

There is a total of £2.7m of grant funding available over the lifetime of the programme. There are grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 available for individual projects.

The intent of the Community Grants Programme is to enable appropriate third sector and other small organisations (that would not otherwise be able to) to access ESF funding to help disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and economically inactive people progress towards employment.

Grants will support a range of activities aimed at assisting the disadvantaged or excluded to move closer to the labour market by improving their access to local employment and skills provision.

No profit can be made through grants issued within the Community Grants Programme.

How to apply 

Visit Hartlepool Council's website to apply

Hartlepool Borough Council's dedicated ESF Community Grants Project Team are available to discuss any questions relating to your application.

Phone: 01429 857074


Organisations are also encouraged to contact a representative from their Local Authority before submitting an application to ensure that the proposed offer will meet the specific local need. The contact for Stockton -on-Tees Borough Council is Ian Caley, contact her on 07539290199or