Grants of between £2k – £5k are available for charities and not-for-profit organisations to deliver practical, focused programmes to boost skills and improve employability for those furthest from the job market in communities in the Midlands, South West England and South Wales where National Grid distributes electricity.

The funding is for not-for-profit organisations who are working to break down barriers and boost employability for people who are underrepresented in the workforce and find it harder to get a job. There is particular interest in ‘unlocking the untapped talent of groups such as 16 to 25-year-olds not in full time education, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and ex-offenders’.

The funding is for projects that meet at least one of the following themes, or a blend of the themes:

• Supporting the development of key professional skills, for example by offering classes in literacy, numeracy or IT.
• Delivering networking and placements, for example, work experience, shadowing and placement schemes.
• Boosting employability, for example through expert support in CV masterclasses and interview coaching.
• Supporting groups of people returning to work after a long-term absence. This could be, for example, chronic health conditions, full-time parental/carer role, military service.

The Fund is committed to supporting key groups that would most benefit from assistance, including: youth (16-25, not in full time education), people from ethnic minority backgrounds, those with health conditions or disabilities, armed forces veterans, ex-offenders and those returning to work after a long term absence.

⏰ Deadline: 10 July
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