CLOSED: Access to Employment: project call in West of England LEP Area (OC37S19P1292)

Call to run a project providing help and support to people with learning disabilities find employment in the West of England 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.


Employment for people with learning disabilities remains a challenge within WELEP with our combined authorities reporting low employment rates in 2016-17 for the 2585 people reported to be in receipt of short or long term support (SALT measures). Although some progression has been made in terms of education/ skills pathway, including supported internships, our experience is consistent with the wider evidence base, in that with only 6.7% in some sort of work, for many adults with learning disabilities, local intensive specialist and targeted support is needed to support people identify, achieve and maintain a job.

Similarly, very few people have been supported to explore self-employment or start their own business. Although the term learning disability encompasses a wider range of people and a variety of support needs, the personalised nature of intended support will ensure efficient and effective use of resources to increase the employment rate

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the West of England LEP Area.


Approximately £2,690,000 of funding is available.


Full application deadline: 14 May 2019

Completion date

The project must be completed no later than 3 years and 6 months after the proposed start date.

How to apply

To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and send the Full Application form to the email address provided in the call document. The guidance provides information to help you complete the form.

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

Where to send completed applications

Completed Full Applications must be submitted to

Failure to send completed applications to this email address by the deadline in the call specification will be ineligible for consideration.

Contact details

Contact with queries linked to accessing or using the specification, forms, guidance etc.

No applications are to be sent to this email address. Completed applications must be sent to the email address provided in the ‘Where to send completed applications’ section above / Section 9 of the Call Specification.

Published 19 February 2019
Last updated 15 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. Access to Employment: project call in West of England LEP Area (OC37S19P1292) is now closed.
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