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Final call for ESF funding in Northern Ireland

Final call for ESF funding in Northern Ireland

Voluntary organisations in are being called upon to make their applications for the final tranche of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme which provides significant to organisations providing employment training.

The Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) has opened a second and final call for applications under the NI European Social Fund Programme 2007 – 2013 – Priority 1 – Helping People into Sustainable Employment.

Currently, 76 organisations, including many charities, receive funding from the ESF and the new awards will be made on a competitive basis.

The ESF Programme’s aim to increase employment amongst disadvantaged groups and to increase skills levels. Particular groups targeted include people with disabilities and health conditions, lone parents and other disadvantaged parents, older workers, young people not in education, employment or training, women and people with no or low qualifications, and other disadvantaged groups, including people experiencing multiple disadvantage.

DEL is particularly welcoming applications from local partnerships on either a geographical or client basis and those targeting young people (16-19 years old) not in education, employment or training.

Successful projects will receive funding for up to three years on the basis of 65% provided through the Programme and 35% public match funding independently secured by the successful organisation.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 5 November.

Full application and ./guidance notes can be accessed at the EU Grants website.

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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