This programme is primarily aimed at unemployed or inactive residents including those aged 15-24, who are unable to afford their own transport, who find that they do not have any way of travelling to/from employment or training opportunities and where there is no direct public transport link between their home and their employment/training destination.
Innovation in approach is welcomed but examples of the sorts of support sought are:
Targeted, personalised and bespoke advice and support for unemployed and economically inactive participants in the South East LEP area.
Personalised travel planning and advice for each individual to provide them with improved access to training and employment opportunities. Travel training may also be included.
Proposals may include eligible, practical transport solutions for individuals such as bicycle, electric bicycle and scooter hire / borrowing for up to 6 months (not purchased with ESF funding and to adhere to stringent asset regulations), basic training, safety equipment (i.e. helmet, jacket, gloves and lock) etc. however please note a tangible link to the end result must be proved.
Support to purchase rail, bus tickets where this will address a barrier to a job or training.
15-24 year olds with additional barriers to the labour market, such as ex-offenders (where programme support is not already available), care leavers and those with Special Educational Needs.
Holistic travel solutions where travel is absolutely the final barrier to obtaining work.
Applicants must ensure that proposals including any hire and lease of equipment or purchase of small items of equipment, are compliant with the ESF National Eligibility Rules before submitting an application.
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The project must cover the South East LEP area.
Approximately £1,500,000 of ESF is available.
Full application deadline: 22 April 2020
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 E.CLAIMSSUPPORT@dwp.gov.uk
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.
If you encounter any technical difficulties completing or submitting your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT system, please send an email to E.CLAIMSSUPPORT@dwp.gov.uk
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.
If you have any questions about the Call Specification or ESF Online Full Application Guidance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This address should not be used to request technical support.