CLOSED: Access to Employment : project call in The Marches LEP (OC36S19P1701)

Call to run a project to provide support to those who are NEET or a risk of becoming NEET in The Marches LEP area.

This call is now closed. Please do not submit an application for this call. The information provided on this page is for reference purposes only.


Projects must provide a range of opportunities for young people to engage with employers and undertake a range of learning opportunities to secure a pathway into employment, education or training as well as a range of coaching and flexible support.

A priority for this programme is to target activity on the engagement of the most disengaged young people and the provision of intensive one-to-one support.

Target vulnerable groups include: young people in or at risk of entering the youth justice system; children in care and care leavers; young people with disabilities including those with mild to moderate learning difficulties; those with mental health conditions; young carers and teenage parents; those from minority ethnic backgrounds including asylum seekers, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller; home educated, young homeless people; those previously excluded from school or withdrawn from post-16 learning programmes; those with substance misuse issues. A key group to support through this programme are the increasing number of young people with mental health difficulties including social and behavioural difficulties.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover: The Marches LEP area.


Approximately £3,069,304 of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 12 February 2020

Completion date

Projects must be completed no later than 3 years and 6 months after the proposed project start date, however the ESF Managing Authority reserves the right to vary the maximum duration in exceptional circumstances. All ESF Projects must be completed by 31st December 2023. Project costs cannot be incurred beyond this date.

Full Application Submission

To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and submit your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT System.

Please note: the ECLAIMS IT System can only be access from within the UK.

Full Applications submitted in the ECLAIMS IT System after the call closing date shown above and on the call specification will not be appraised.

If you do not already have access to the ECLAIMS IT system, please request an ‘ECLAIMS External Access Form’ by emailing

You will need to request an External Access Form for each person in your organisation who requires access.

It is your responsibility to ensure you request and activate your ECLAIMS access in sufficient time. We strongly advise that you obtain and activate your ECLAIMS access at least 2 weeks prior to the advertised call closure date, if not sooner.

You are also advised to read the details in the call specification in order to produce an application that complies with the requirements and meets the needs set out in the ESF Operational Programme. All this information, the related guidance and the European Social Fund Operational Programme can be found from our homepage.

The published ESF Online Full Application Guidance also provides step-by-step advice on how to complete your Full Application using the ECLAIMS IT system. ESF Online Full Application Guidance.

Technical Support

If you encounter any technical difficulties completing or submitting your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT system, please send an email to

The technical support operating hours are Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm and it is your responsibility to ensure you seek and technical advice in sufficient time to complete and submit your Full Application before the published call closure date.

The Managing Authority reserves the right to reject applications which are incomplete or not submitted in a timely and compliant way.

Contact details

If you have any questions about the Call Specification or ESF Online Full Application Guidance, please contact This address should not be used to request technical support.

Published 20 November 2019
Last updated 17 February 2020 + show all updates
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