Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Greater Manchester European Funding Programme 2014 - 2020

Greater Manchester’s European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) plan 2014-2020 is the 'aligned programme' of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) money being allocated to Greater Manchester. The allocation is around £356 million.

The plan aims to make Greater Manchester a more prosperous and better place to live and work and tackle poverty. Its themes are skills, employment and inclusion; supporting public sector reform; low carbon; science, innovation and the knowledge economy; competitive places; and competitive business (including social enterprise).

The voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is seen as a key stakeholder in the plan.

GMCVO is working with other partners to try to ensure that the programme develops funding opportunities for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Greater Manchester. 

Building Better Opportunities

GMCVO, in partnership with New Economy and Network for Europe, has been awarded £20,000 as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Building Better Opportunities programme to raise awareness within the voluntary community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector of the opportunities available through the European Social Fund.  Building Better Opportunities will be relevant to VCSE organisations that can support marginalised people to gain life skills that will help them to be more socially included and work towards employment.  The Building Better Opportunities programme in Greater Manchester is expected to be worth £14m over seven years.

The project is likely to be TARGETED AT PEOPLE FROM 25 YEARS OF AGE who are unemployed or economically inactive, not in contact with mainstream services and who are experiencing a range of issues at the same time, including people who live in poverty. This programme will support people with disabilities or health conditions (including learning difficulties, mental/physical health conditions, drug & alcohol dependency), adults under-represented in labour market for example homeless, ex-offenders, LGBT, ethnic minorities or migrant communities and people operating in the informal economy.

The project will include activities which address these social needs and provide high quality evidence based support to these communities, enabling and supporting more employers to recruit from priority groups and also helping priority groups overcome complex barriers to finding and sustaining work and improving their skills.

To register your interest in the main Building Better Opportunities programme, click here.  

GMCVO will be publishing the names of organisations interested in either leading a GM partnership bid or being a partner in a GM wide bid here.

GMCVO is interested in leading a partnership bid for Building Better Opportunities.  For more details about how to get involved, follow the 'how do we get funded' link below.




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