New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Community Challenge Fund

Grant Type Awards
Status Closed
Applications accepted from Social Enterprises? Yes
Maximum grant available £20,000

Brief Description

An award scheme for charities and social enterprises in Norfolk and Suffolk to run projects aimed at supporting disadvantaged people to become job-ready and gain employment.


The Community Challenge is a scheme for Norfolk and Suffolk led by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) aiming to encourage projects from the voluntary and community sector that can actively deliver against targets to help people in the LEP area to enter employment, and deliver against a range of work readiness outcomes.

Challenge proposals should focus on employability outcomes for adults and/ or NEET young people (not in education, employment or training), and particularly those facing challenges that present additional obstacles to entering employment, such as long term unemployment, disability, homelessness, or offending history.

The fund actively encourages innovative projects that are not seen as “business as usual”.

Applications must be led by a Registered Charity or a Social Enterprise, and the fund also encourages partnership bids.

Grants available:

Grants of up to £20,000 are available.  Funding is for one year, though projects that deliver strongly against the Challenge outcomes may be considered for continuation funding to sustain, develop and scale up their model.

Funding cannot be used for the purchase of capital equipment beyond 10% of the total proposed budget.

Community Challenge target outcomes
Applications should state a target for the number of people the project aims to support into paid employment throughout the life of the project.  Please note projects will also be asked to measure job retention over the life of the project.

Applications should also state targets for the number of people who will achieve one or more of the following work readiness outcomes:

  • Entered into self-employment
  • Entered an apprenticeship
  • Become a regular volunteer
  • Achieved accredited qualifications
  • Completed a work experience placement
  • Entered or re-entered education or training
  • Achieved increased basic skills

In addition, applicants should indicate how personal outcomes will be measured throughout the life of the project using a recognised tool such as the outcomes star.

Match funding

All applicants will be required to provide match funding of up to 25% of the total project cost as part of their proposal.

Ideally this will be from the business sector, but other sources, such as in-kind support and other grants will be considered.

Who can apply:

The Challenge is open to Registered Charities/Social Enterprise organisations. It is not open to individuals or non-constituted groups.

Each lead organisation must already be located within the LEP area (Norfolk and/or Suffolk) and already be carrying out a substantial level of activity within it. The proposed project will take place in the LEP area, where the beneficiaries will also be resident.

Each lead organisation must have at least two years overall track record, and provide evidence of activity via their past two years’ annual accounts.

Each lead organisation must have a board of trustees or directors that meets regularly and consists of at least 3 unrelated persons.

An organisation can only be party to one proposal.

The problem identified and the solution proposed must all relate to both skills and employment for people facing multiple challenges in less affluent neighbourhoods.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the online grant application form
  2. Supply the following supporting documents:
    1. Annual accounts for the last 2 financial years
    2. A copy of the governing document
    3. A budget for the proposed project, including all other match funding sources
    4. Policies – Equal Opportunities (all applicants), plus safeguarding policies where relevant.
    5. Recent bank statement (from within last three months)

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to present a detailed delivery plan.

Decision making

Applications will be shortlisted in mid-June, and finalists selected will be asked to present their proposal to the New Anglia LEP Board in early July.

Applications will be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of July.

Project delivery

Successful applicants will be required to begin their project on 1 September 2018 – you must ensure that any necessary preparatory work/ recruitment is completed before this commencement date.  Projects must complete within 12 months.


Applicants must have appropriate systems in place to be able to effectively monitor the outcomes of funded projects.

Project updates will be required at quarterly intervals after 1 September 2018.

Suffolk Community Foundation
Andrea Pittock, Head of Grants Programmes
01473 786917

Norfolk Community Foundation
Jenny Bevan, Grants Manager
01603 623958


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