What are the awards?
The ESF Mainstreaming Leader Awards were first launched in 2010. They give high profile recognition to those ESF providers and sub-contractors who ‘go the extra mile’ in promoting equal opportunities and sustainable development. The awards aim to move the mainstreaming agenda forward by promoting the award winners’ good practice with other partners across the programme.
What are the award categories?
The categories of the awards, Mainstreaming Leader and Mainstreaming Leader Specialist Project, reflect the dual approach to mainstreaming which the ESF programme promotes by:
requiring providers to have policies and action plans to promote equality and sustainable development
using ESF funds to support a range of niche and specialist projects which either target specific disadvantaged groups or which have an environmental or “green” focus in promoting jobs and skills.
This year’s awards also include the ESF Gender Equality Mainstreaming Leader award. This award category aims to give special recognition to projects who have designed projects based on innovative and/or good practice in promoting gender equality and which are likely to help more women participate in ESF.
What if your project has only recently started?
All projects must be funded under the 2014-2020 ESF programme ( this can include match funding). The award criteria and the scoring / assessment methodology used by the selection panels will not disadvantage projects that have only recently started – compared to some which may have started in 2015.
Full recognition will be given to the design approach adopted by projects. Of course, delivery and results are important but for 2016 only awards can be given to projects that have good / innovative design but have not had much opportunity to implement / deliver their activities. This reflects the fact that there are many projects who have only recently started on the ESF programme. We want them to be part of the 2016 awards process – because a key part of the awards is concerned with sharing good, innovative ideas as well as good practice.
What happens if your project wins?
The awards ceremony will be held on 17 November at The Skills Show which will take place at the NEC in Birmingham.
What if my project has won an award before?
Whilst we are very grateful for the involvement of previous winners of the ESF Leader Awards, only projects that have not won an ESF leader Award can apply for the 2016 award. We want to involve as wide a range of ESF projects as possible.
ESF 2016 Equal Opportunities Leader Award Application Forms and Guidance categories:
- Category A1: ESF Equal Opportunities Mainstreaming Leader (policy and plan)
- Category A2: ESF Equal Opportunities Mainstreaming Leader (specialist project)
- Category A3: ESF Gender Equality Leader
- Category B1 : ESF Sustainable Development Mainstreaming Leader (policy and plan)
- Category B2 : ESF Sustainable Development Mainstreaming Leader (specialist project)