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Community Grants

Tees Valley ESF Community Grants programme is being delivered by Hartlepool Borough Council, in partnership with the other four Local Authorities within the sub-region. The programme is jointly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). There are grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 available for individual projects. The intent of the Community Grants Programme is to enable appropriate third sector and other small organisations (that would not otherwise be able to) access ESF funding for the purpose of mobilising disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and economically inactive people to facilitate their progress towards employment.

Grants will support a range of activities aimed at assisting the disadvantaged or excluded to move closer to the labour market by improving their access to local employment and skills provision. Please note that no profit can be made through grants issued within the Community Grants Programme.

Further Information:

Hartlepool Borough Council’s dedicated ESF Community Grants Project Team are available to discuss any questions relating to your proposed application and can be contacted via:

Tel: 01429 857074

Email: [email protected]


Organisations are also encouraged to contact a representative from their Local Authority before submitting an application to ensure that the proposed offer will meet the specific local need.

Darlington Borough Council – Paul Richardson

01325 406015 or [email protected]

Hartlepool Borough Council – Sue Hannan

01429 857074 or [email protected]

Middlesbrough Council – Claire Kemp

01642 811400 or [email protected]

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council – David Coates

01642 771246 or [email protected]

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council – Carolyn Chubb

01642 677600 or [email protected]