LA6 ESF Community Grants
In partnership with Gateshead Council, Newcastle Council, North Tyneside Council, Northumberland Council, South Tyneside Council, Sunderland Council, North East Local Enterprise Partnership
The ESF Community Grants Project distributes small grants of up to £20,000 to organisations in the voluntary and community sector to provide support to unemployed and inactive individuals to engage them and move them towards employment through packages of training and support.
31/03/20 Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – ESFA update
The Managing Authority has sent updated guidance relating to staffing costs and indirect costs which may have arisen as a result of COVID-19.
It has been confirmed that:
1. Claiming salary costs for staff wholly/partly employed on the project (either the ability to claim for sick-pay and/or for periods of self-isolation, or in the case of part employed staff the impact of reduced number of ‘on-project hours’ recorded on timesheets due to periods of self-isolation)
We recognise that projects need clarification on submitting claims for people who need to self-isolate for a period of time – if an organisation would look to provide sick pay then they can submit a claim for salary costs for a period of self-isolating as per their policy or contract with the employee. If the organisation does not provide sick pay the Statutory Sick Pay would need to be considered for periods of self-isolation.
2. If, as a consequence of COVID-19 projects have incurred cancellation and other costs related to event bookings that cannot go ahead, are these charges going to be treated as eligible expenditure by the Managing Authority?
We recognise that some projects will incur such charges relating to events and other commitments that have had to be cancelled or postponed due to the impact of COVID-19. Projects are asked to include details of such costs and supporting evidence in their next claim.
The LA6 Team will fully support you with your financial expenditure claim, and any other queries that arise from the current situation.
We expect to receive further guidance in the coming days and will share this both via email and this update page.
Please keep in touch using the LA6 email address:
Take care and stay safe.
19/03/20 Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – ACTION REQUIRED
Due to the current circumstances we expect most if not all delivery of LA6 Community Grants to be postponed.
Please can you send us an action plan detailing a proposed new start and extended end date of your project(s) – we accept this will be subject to change as the situation progresses.
All further updates will be sent via email and posted here.
Many thanks to those who have confirmed their plan so far.
16/03/20 Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Due to the growing concern around the Coronavirus, several Round 1organisations have been in contact to review their project delivery dates. If your organisation is in this position, we are flexible to this need.
Please keep the LA6 team informed by emailing any changes to your delivery and/or project to: