Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is looking for new, creative, unique and innovative proposals which will be delivered by organisations working together in partnership.
With Jobcentre Plus, DWP wants to work together with partners to improve the job prospects for people and communities facing the most complex and intractable barriers to employment. This will focus on immediate employment issues and the prospects of future employment.
The initiative will cover the local authority areas of Falkirk Council, Stirling Council, Clackmannanshire Council, City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian Council, Midlothian Council, West Lothian Council, and Scottish Borders Council.
The partnership must include at least 2 (preferably more) delivery partners. This is essential criteria and a minimum requirement for the application.
Your proposal should last at least 6 weeks and be up to a maximum of 52 weeks for those who need complex support. It should detail how your partnership, with other organisations, will address the claimant needs and barriers, stating which element each partner will deliver.
The proposed programme should state how the partnership would address and overcome the specific needs, barriers and issues, include “soft skills” to employment, and focus on one of the claimant groups. Tangible outcomes and expected destinations should be given for participants who complete your programme, such as employment, an apprenticeship, training or education.
Proposals should also avoid duplication of services and cannot be purchased in line with procurement and EU law, whilst developing a solution to the “what’s next?” question where the partnership can holistically support an individual through a particular issue: health, lifestyle, lack of skills and so on.
Particularly welcomed are programmes which include activities outside the traditional classroom environment, including virtual courses during this time that have been proven to develop life skills and increase outcomes for individuals. The outcome is the capacity to move into work experience, training, or employment and have the resilience to sustain it.
The deadline for applications to Round One is Friday 21st August. Any applications received after this time will not be accepted in this grant round. This advert will remain open until all funding for 2020 – 2021 has been allocated.
To apply, or for further information and application guidance, please contact the Third Party Provision Team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the subject line: “FSF Grant Funding 2020/21 Application Pack”.