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Manchester Work Club Funding Programme June 2019 – 31 March 2020

15 Apr 2019 - 11:35 by michelle.foster

Manchester City Council recognises the important role Work Clubs play in providing flexible and informal employment support to workless Manchester residents. In recognition of the valuable role they play in delivering employment support services, Manchester City Council has made available grant funding for Manchester Work Clubs to apply for. Manchester City Council

The aim of Manchester Work Club Grant Funding is to contribute to Manchester City Council’s priority of increasing the number of Manchester residents who are working. It will:

  • Provide an opportunity for established Work Clubs in Manchester to undertake initiatives, short projects or increase resources to improve outcomes for their clients. Specifically, this funding is to undertake activities that will improve the quality and quantity of services provided to Work Club clients
  • Support Manchester Work Clubs to build their resources with the aim of becoming financially more sustainable

Priorities of Grants  
Based on a review of current provision, Manchester City Council are looking to fund new groups currently not in receipt of their work club funding, to ensure geographical coverage and support to communities of interest. However, if you are in receipt of MCC funding you may apply but will need to demonstrate how this funding will be used to provide support over and above what is already being funded. Any additional funding will be monitored separately.

Manchester City Council are looking to fund work club settings that:

  • Develop or maintain partnerships/work collaboratively with other employment support and training providers, such as other Work Clubs, programmes such as Working Well and employers
  • Work with partners who are delivering other funded employment support/skills activity and, where appropriate, refer onto further education provision such as MAES, The Manchester College, and Skills Support for Employment
  • Promote Apprenticeships
  • Use the Our Manchester Approach to support residents with a wider range of issues surrounding work, i.e. housing, emotional support, mental health

To be eligible to apply, organisations must be:

  • Not-for-profit: voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, co-operatives and mutual societies, Community Interest Companies, charities i.e. non-governmental organisations which are value driven and which principally invest their surpluses to further social, environmental or cultural objectives.
  • Based in the City of Manchester and currently delivering Work Club activity to Manchester residents
  • Work clubs not currently in receipt of MCC Work Club funding will be targeted to ensure better a better spread geographically and to communities with gaps in provision

The value of this Manchester Work Club Grant Funding programme is £60,000 in total. Applicants can apply for a maximum of £10,000.

The programme will run from June 2019 to 31 March 2020.

The application programme opens on 22 April 2019.

Completed application forms should be sent to: Han Catahan, Business Support Officer, by email: han.catahan@manchester.gov.uk or by post to: Work & Skills Team, Strategic Development Directorate, Manchester City Council , Level 3, Library Walk, Town Hall Extension, Manchester, M60 2LA

For further information, contact Han Catahan, Work and Skills Team, on 0161 234 5880, or email: han.catahan@manchester.gov.uk       

Deadline: Friday 17 May 2019, 10:00

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