Coalfields Community Investment Programme Accepting Applications for 2020

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust provides funding to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities across England.

The Trust offers grants to voluntary and community organisations for projects taking place in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities in England and which make a positive difference in addressing the areas of skills, employment, health and wellbeing.

Grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available for projects that predominantly focus on one or more of the following three themes:

· Skills – providing appropriate training, non-vocational or vocational, to enable people to increase their skills and knowledge. The training should provide progression routes to volunteering, further training and/or employment opportunities. Examples of projects include improving levels of literacy/numeracy, English not as a First language, IT or coaching in order to provide a service.

· Employment – providing a range of skills and experience to help people to create pathways into employment and accessing job opportunities. This could be job creation, work placements or job clubs which assist with job searches and applications, CV development and interview skills.

· Health and wellbeing – supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve the health and quality of life of people in former coalfield communities. This could include projects that address food poverty, debt advice, mental health issues, substance misuse, social isolation or projects increasing participation in physical activity.

There is a two-stage application process. Groups first need to complete an eligibility questionnaire before they can access the application.

The deadline for the eligibility survey for the March 2020 meeting is 5pm on 28 February 2020.

Full details, including eligible locations in the Midlands, North East, North West, and Yorkshire can be found on the Coalfields Regeneration Trust website:

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