Community Challenge Fund
The Community Challenge Fund supports exciting and creative projects that help the most disadvantaged people in society to get back into work or become work ready.
New Anglia LEP has committed £605,000 to the Voluntary and Community Sector with charities and social enterprises competing for funding. A further £250,000 was approved in early 2018 to take the project into a fourth year.
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 people’s skills and education and the environment and conservation.
The project is delivered in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk Community Foundations. It has worked with more than 30 organisations from the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS), supporting back-to-work projects with diverse themes including construction, catering, sport, farming, music and media production.
The support these projects offer helps people overcome physical, mental, behavioural and social obstacles to gain the confidence and skills to enter the job market. To date, the Fund has helped 724 people become work-ready and 279 into paid employment.
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:
Case Study: The Feed
“The New Anglia LEP funding enabled us to find a temporary training kitchen and recruit new staff with a background in training. Our training courses were already successful but now we have rewritten them to make them even better and we are getting amazing feedback from our trainees who are learning kitchen and customer service skills but also improving their confidence. Last week we saw four more trainees graduate and all were buzzing about the things they had learned.””
-Matt Townsend, Chief Executive of The Feed