Community Challenge Fund
The Community Challenge Fund supports exciting and creative projects that will help the most disadvantaged people to get back into work and become work ready.
New Anglia LEP has committed £500,000 to the sector and charities and social enterprises are able to compete for a share of this funding.
The voluntary and community sector is an important part of the region’s economy with 32,000 volunteers and 11,000 employees. Over 6,000 charities and nearly 3,000 social enterprises are making a difference by improving peoples skills and education and the environment and conservation.
Eight projects were awarded funding in the third round of the Community Challenge Fund in spring 2017. To date, the Fund has helped 580 people become work-ready and 215 into paid employment.
The latest award winners are:
- Eastern Enterprise Hub, Ipswich - ‘Back to Your Future’
- Inspire Suffolk, Suffolk-wide – ‘Step Up’
- Access Community Trust, Lowestoft – ‘Workspace to Workplace’
- Suffolk Refugee Support, Ipswich
- The Mix & Emerging Leaders, Stowmarket - ‘The Big Pen Project’
- Voluntary Norfolk, Norwich – ‘Voluntary Works’
- Workers’ Educational Association, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, King’s Lynn and Watton – ‘…and ACTION!’
- LEAP East, Norwich - ‘Flourish Employment Academy’
Charities and social enterprise that have an exciting and innovative idea to help those hardest to reach people back to work can follow the links to read the full guidance and download the application form for your local Community Foundation:
"Getting young people back on track, addressing their skills gaps and opening opportunities for them to get into work is vital, not only to them, but to all of our communities and local businesses. We’re absolutely delighted that the New Anglia LEP is supporting us."
-Caro Thornton, Grant & Development Manager for Inspire Suffolk