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This LEP area will benefit from £14,100,000 of funding from Building Better Opportunities.

Find out more about Leicester and Leicestershire LEP

Funding available for Rural Inclusion

This project aims to support disadvantaged people in rural communities within Leicester and Leicestershire to move closer to or into employment. This project will have a particular focus on how moving towards employment can provide the ability and opportunity to take part in society, interact with the community, and access services. More details are available in the project outline below.

Applying for this project

Choosing to apply to this programme is a big commitment. Projects will need careful planning to deliver the specific monitoring and delivery requirements that European funding brings. Failure to comply with these requirements could have serious financial repercussions.

Any organisation is able to apply, however Building Better Opportunities projects are better suited to partnership working as it is unlikely that a single organisation will have the breadth and depth of experience needed to tackle the complex multiple issues that the people who’ll benefit face on a daily basis. Please see the Summary of our partnership requirements, below.

The application process consists of two stages. Stage one is fully open and competitive and from this we’ll select a shortlist of applicants to take through to stage two. An invitation to stage two does not, however, guarantee that the project will be funded. For further detail on the application process see our programme guide in the related documents section.

Before applying, you should read the following documents to get a full understanding of Building Better Opportunities:

The project outline

Guide to delivering European funding

Summary of our partnership requirements

Resources listed under Stage 2

To request an application form, or if you have any further questions, please email esf@biglotteryfund.org.uk. Your application form must be returned to this email address by noon of Monday 26 February.

Moneywise Plus

Moneywise Plus is a project aimed at improving the digital and financial competence of 1400 people within Leicester and Leicestershire, in order to help them move towards employment, education or training. Support is available through outreach taster sessions, one-to-one advisor support, financial and digital courses and opportunities for volunteering/peer mentoring. Participants will improve their skills and confidence around managing their money, maximising their income, and using computers and the internet safely.

Read the project outline


Getting Ready for Employment and Training Family Project

The GREAT project focusses on family inclusion, helping individuals with families to improve their employability. Participants receive one-to-one support, and have support with key employment skills, like CV writing and interviewing, work clubs offering support with job searching, and taster days and work experience in a range of industries. The project also supports participants in dealing with health related barriers to work, and managing their money. Courses are also available on a range of subjects, from vocational qualifications to confidence building.

Read the project outline


Youth Employability Support (YES)

The Youth Employability Support (YES) project, supports the most disengaged young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) to move towards and into employment, education or training.

Young people will have support to explore and work towards a range of careers, including support to create and implement a business plan, training in creative industries, or mentoring to move into education.

Read the project outline


Brighter Futures

Support is based around the individual needs of each person, to identify and tackle their barriers to work in an integrated and holistic way. This includes supporting early action before problems become entrenched, and providing outreach activities to people who are disconnected from existing services.

This project has a particular focus on how progressing towards employment can provide greater opportunities to take part in society, interact with the community and access services.

Read the project outline