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IMPORTANT: GEO Returners Fund EOI Deadline Extended
August 31, 2018
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There is a little over 2 weeks until the deadline to send your Expressions of Interest in the GEO Returners Fund.

The deadline is 14th September 2018, whilst the application window for full applications has been extended with a deadline for their return of 9th November 2018.

The fund is offering grants to projects which help people to return to work in the private sector. This is part of a commitment made by the Prime Minister in the 2017 Spring Budget to help people back into employment after a career break. The Government Equalities Office defines a ‘returner’ as a person who has been out of paid employment for at least a year to take on caring responsibilities and would like to return to paid work at a level commensurate with their skills and experience. Read more

Grants of up to £80,000 Available to Tackle Youth Loneliness
August 28, 2018
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The £2m youth-focused strand of the Building Connections Fund will be distributed by the Co-op Foundation.

Charities and community groups dealing with youth loneliness can now apply for grants of up to £80,000 from the strand of the Building Connections Fund run by the Co-op Foundation.

The Prime Minister announced the £11.5m Building Connections Fund aimed at reducing loneliness in June, with £9m of it due to be distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, and £0.5m going towards evaluation of the scheme.

The remaining £2m will be distributed by the Co-op Foundation and will specifically focus on loneliness among young people.

Projects will be eligible to apply for a share of the funding if they support young people in the 30 per cent of most-deprived areas in England, or if they benefit young people in any area who are carers, unemployed or precariously employed, experiencing bereavement, have a disability or long-term health condition or who have been in the care system. Read more

Funding for Debt Advice in the North West and London 2019-22
August 3, 2018
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The following has been published by The Money Advice Service.

We are delighted to announce that we have opened applications for debt advice funding in the North West of England and London for 2019-22, with up to £7.5 million in the first year available to potential partners from July 2019.

We are looking to fund organisations who will work in partnership to deliver high-quality free debt advice to over-indebted people, in line with our strategic approach to debt advice commissioning.

Funding is open to applications from all types of organisations, which may apply as a single applicant or as part of a wider consortium. The deadline for applications is 12:00 pm on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

Organisations wishing to apply should register on the MAS eSourcing portal in order to access information relating to our funding for debt advice, including application forms. This can be accessed here: mas.bravossolution.co.uk.

For general information on our commissioning approach in the North West and London please visit our website here.

Funding from EU Programmes Guaranteed Until the End of 2020
July 25, 2018
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UK organisations that secure funding through EU programmes, from now until the end of 2020, will be guaranteed by the UK government even in a no deal scenario HR Treasury has confirmed.

Businesses, universities and local organisations were assured (24 July 2018) that any funding they secure through EU programmes, from now until the end of 2020, will be guaranteed by the UK government placeholdereven in a no deal scenario.

The implementation period agreed in March would see the UK continue to participate in all EU programmes until the end of 2020 – providing certainty for British organisations and their European counterparts.

The guarantee announced today (24 July 2018) will reflect this by underwriting the UK’s full allocation for structural and investment fund projects, such as funding secured through the European Regional Development Fund, until the end of 2020.

In addition, the Treasury will also guarantee funding for UK organisations which successfully bid directly to the European Commission – through projects like Horizon 2020 – until the end of this EU budget period if no deal is agreed.

This will give potential applicants continued confidence to bid for funding whatever the outcome of the negotiations, and ensure that UK organisations continue to benefit from funding post-Exit. Read more

Multi-Million Pound Fund to Help Tackle the Disability Employment Launched
July 18, 2018
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A £4.2 million challenge fund to support people with mental health or musculoskeletal conditions to stay in work has been launched by the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton, and the Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities, Jackie Doyle-Price.

The fund is the latest in a range of government measures that are part of a 10-year strategy which aims to see 1 million more disabled people in work by 2027.

The challenge fund, run by Rocket Science on behalf of the government, is aimed at testing new approaches to help people experiencing mental ill health or musculoskeletal issues to remain in employment.

They might be at risk of losing employment because of the effects of their condition, or may already be temporarily off work through ill health.

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Sarah Newton, said:

We know there is a gap between disabled people who want to work and those who have the opportunity to do so.

With 78% of people acquiring their disability or health condition during their adult life, it’s crucial that we support disabled people who want to work to stay in or return to employment.

Read more

Digital Tools for Prospective Students: Apply for Funding
June 25, 2018
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The Department for Education has up to £125,000 to invest in a series of studies into ways of using data on graduate salary and employment to create digital tools that help prospective students make informed choices.

Organisations can apply for a share of £125,000 to investigate ideas for new digital tools that will help students make informed choices about where they study2 young students in library discussing university options.

Students often make uninformed decisions about what and where to study. The department wants to create a free, accessible and commercially sustainable digital tool for students that uses existing data about graduate employment and salaries.

Up to 5 studies could be funded in the first phase. The best ideas could share £300,000 to develop their ideas further in a second phase.

Proposals must include plans for user discussions or testing to ensure solutions meet students needs, and they must use graduate outcomes data.

The competition is run under SBRI (the Small Business Research Initiative), which helps the public and private sectors come together to solve challenges facing government.

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Free Childcare to be Extended to Foster Carers for the First Time
June 22, 2018
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Foster carers to receive the 30 hours free childcare offer for children in their care for the first time from September 2018.

Nadhim Zahawi

The Government also announces that over 340,000 children were in a 30 hour place in the first year of the policy.

Foster parents will have access to the Government’s flagship 30 hours free childcare offer for three-and-four-year-olds from September, giving them the same rights as other working families in England.

The extension marks a significant step forward in improving the support available for foster families who work, allowing them to take up the additional 15 hours of free childcare already available to other working parents since September 2017.

Today (21 June) the Department for Education has also published data showing over 340,000 children aged three and four years old benefitted from a 30 hours place in its first year, giving thousands of families access to high-quality, affordable childcare. Parents benefiting from the 30 hours free childcare offer can save up to £5,000 per year on their childcare costs, and some parents have been able to increase their work hours or work more flexibly – helping to put more money back in families’ pockets and balancing work and home lives.

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Professional and Career Development Loans
June 2, 2018
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The ESFA has published guidance – Learning Provider List – Requirements for Inclusion – which might be of interest to learning providers, providers of information, advice and guidance and participating lenders.

The document sets out the requirements for inclusion on the PCDL Learning Provider List (LP List). Learning providers must read and ensure they have understood these requirements prior to
applying for inclusion.

A PCDL is a commercial loan which can be used to help pay for learning related costs such as materials and equipment, course fees and living costs and its aim is to support and encourage learners to take responsibility for and to invest in their own learning.

The Government pays the interest on the loan whilst a learner is in learning and for one month afterwards. The loan is then repaid as any other commercial loans product. Read more

Adult Education Budget – Increased Flexiblity
June 1, 2018
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On 31st May 2018, ESFA announced a new trial will enable AEB providers to fully fund learners, who are employed and in receipt of a low wage and cannot contribute towards the cost of co-funding fees.

The one-year trial, for the 2018 to 2019 funding year, will enable more eligible adults to access AEB funding.

2018 to 2019 AEB funding rules

This document sets out the adult education budget (AEB) funding rules for the 2018 to 2019 funding year (1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019).

The rules apply to all providers of education and training who receive AEB funding from the Secretary of State for Education acting through the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

If you have a specific query about a section or paragraph in the funding rules document, please email SDE.Servicedesk@education.gov.uk, or speak to your provider management contact.

If you have feedback on how they can make the funding rules clearer, please email AEBRules.FEEDBACK@education.gov.uk

Apply for the Young Londoners Fund
May 21, 2018
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Applications are now open for the Young Londoners Fund and the Sport Unites Small Grants Fund.

Application deadline: 12-noon, Monday 9 July 2018

Mayor's Young Londoners Fund Salmon Centre visit

£15 million from the Young Londoners Fund and £500,000 from the Sport Unites Small Grants Fund are now available for projects that support children and young people (aged 10-21) across London, who are either at risk of exclusion or involvement in criminal activity or have been involved in criminal activity.

Projects must be embedded in their local communities and will be delivered through a range of innovative and proven delivery models.

The Young Londoners Fund aims to:

  • provide aspirational and positive activities to help support young people to make positive choices and reach their potential
  • give new options to children and young people most at risk of taking the wrong path and stop them getting involved in violence and criminal activity
  • improve coordination and capacity of London’s youth offer so more children and young people can access services

For more information and details of how to apply Click Here

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