Call for projects to help local people back into employment and tackle poverty

Perth & Kinross Council, on behalf of the Perth & Kinross Community Planning Partnership, is calling for projects to deliver employability and social inclusion activities across the local area.

Provision of employability and social inclusion support projects in Perth and Kinross have already benefitted from more than £5.6m of investment from the European Social Fund (ESF). The Council has since had ESF funding approved to extend delivery of the current programme, covering 2014 to 2020, to 31 December 2022.

Although local unemployment is relatively low, there are a significant number of people who face specific barriers to accessing a job because of long-term unemployment, particularly school leavers in certain areas; people managing mental health issues; and people claiming Employment Support Allowance with 1,050 claimants over the age of 25 and have been claiming ESA for more than a year. Lone parents with children can also face social exclusion and poverty issues.

Applications for potential projects can come from a range of organisations, from small to medium size businesses to community groups, registered charities, the voluntary sector and community interest companies (CICs).

The Council is particularly keen to see applications for projects supporting people with health issues and lone parents with children facing poverty issues to go back to employment.

40% of project activities can be provided through the European Social Fund - the balance of 60% should come from the applicant's own funding or other external funding sources. There is no specific closing date for applications at present, however we would ask for submissions to be sent in as soon as possible. 

Further information and application forms are available from the European Social Fund page.