HIWCF is delighted to announce that a second round of funding worth £700,000 is now available through the ‘Solent Supporting Employment’ Grant Programme. Community groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of between £30,000 to £60,000, to support local people wanting to get back into employment.

The grants will enable organisations with a proven record in employability to offer new and innovative projects, enabling those from BAME communities, people with disabilities, and people marginalised by factors such as mental health, age, childcare needs and homelessness to move closer towards, or into employment.

The first round of funding in Autumn last year supported 11 local organisations which shared grants worth £795,000. One of the groups to receive a grant was Pompey in the Community, which received support for the Blue Kitchen project, providing a practical course developing essential skills and techniques for those wishing to work in the catering industry in Portsmouth.

Abri, one of the south’s largest housing providers, is supporting unemployed people to get back into work in Gosport, Charles Dickens in Portsmouth, and Millbrook and Mansbridge in Southampton. The Unlimited Potential Project was awarded funding last year, to provide employment and wellbeing training, together with one-to-one support with an advisor and access to a careers hub.

Minstead Training Trust also received a Solent Supporting Employment grant for the ‘Step Up For Work’ Programme, supporting people in Portsmouth with learning difficulties who would like to be in employment.

Rebecca Kennelly MBE, Chair of Trustees at HIWCF commented: “HIWCF is delighted to be managing the £1.76 million Solent Supporting Employment Programme, providing vital opportunities for people to find their way into work during these difficult times. These grants will increase job prospects for local people and we are extremely grateful to all involved in this partnership including our HIWCF donors, as it is thanks to all of their support that this programme is possible.”

Helen Stratton-Evans, Solent Supporting Employment Contract Manager added “Applicants planning to apply for this funding should firstly register for one of the four briefing webinars taking place during February 2021, via our website www.hiwcf.com. The aim of the briefings is to ensure awareness of the differing funding criteria which varies across the Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire and Isle of Wight regions. Grants are available from the HIWCF website hiwcf.com/grants and we ask that all applications are submitted before the closing date at midnight on 1st March 2021.”

The programme has been created by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and is part-funded by the European Social Fund, with match funding provided by Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council and HIWCF donors. The focus is on helping people in areas where deprivation and unemployment are high.

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Notes to Editor:

 Contact Details:

Name:              Helen Stratton-Evans, Contract Manager, helen@hiwcf.com
Lucy Sweet, Marketing Manager, lucy@hiwcf.com

About Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to their lives. Over £11 million in grant funding has been awarded to help people in need in local communities. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to local charitable and voluntary groups. Local groups can take a look at the HIWCF website to see if they might qualify for a grant: www.hiwcf.com or email HIWCF at grantsadmin@hiwcf.com



UK Community Foundations is a national network of 46 accredited Community Foundations across the UK. Its members bring communities together, fund great ideas and inspire local philanthropy. Its network has collectively given out over £1 billion in grants to charities, community groups and individuals. Community Foundations are part of a national network recognised by government for their local knowledge and experience in grant-giving.

Solent Supporting Employment Grants Programme

This is as a result of the call issued by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to commission ESF funded projects that will provide grants to support organisations who are able to reach and work with individuals with complex barriers to employment, enabling them to move closer or into employment. The fund provides grants of £30,000 to £60,000 to organisations working in the Solent LEP area for projects lasting up to one year.


Solent LEP

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was formed after the Government offered local areas the opportunity to take control of their future economic development. It is a locally-owned partnership between businesses and local authorities and plays a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs.


European Social Fund

The project is receiving up to £880,000 of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding


Branding requirements

It is mandatory that the European Social Fund Logo is used and applied correctly, prominently and consistently on publicity materials on projects supported by any of the European Structural and Investment Funds.

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The Logo should be placed in a prominent and suitable position, on all materials. If used alongside other Logos, then the fund Logo has to be at least equal in size to the largest of the other Logos and appropriate to the scale of the material and documents being used.

As a minimum, the Logo, including the emblem and the wording, should be used at 40mm width (landscape Logo) and 25mm height (portrait Logo).

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Branding and Publicity requirements