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Gloucestershire Building Better Opportunities Project - Cirencester

Gloucestershire Building Better Opportunities Project is about raising awareness of European funding, in particular, the ‘European Structural Investment Fund’ (ESIF), under the theme of social inclusion, which will be available from summer 2015 onwards to organisations and projects in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.

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Mar 11, 2015
from 03:00 am to 05:00 am


Cotswold District Council offices, Cirencester.

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01452 528491

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The aim is of this event is for organisations in this sector to understand the funding available and make bids when the European Social Funding is opened for applications

This project, 1 of 38 projects nationally funded by the Lottery, will link closely with the VCS Alliance and GFirst LEP who have identified priorities for Gloucestershire in relation to tackling poverty and promoting social inclusion which are the themes for the ESIF.

The following are target areas for ESIF funding for Gloucestershire but this is not an exclusive list:

• Helping people who have complex needs to access employment

• Helping those aged 16-25 who are not in employment, education or training to access employment

• Increasing financial literacy amongst younger people

The Big Lottery has joined forces with Local Enterprise Partnerships country wide to work together to help make this funding available nationally and to provide the match funding needed. They have begun to do this by appointing organisations to help raise awareness and the GRCC has been appointed as the lead partner working in partnership with GAVCA (Gloucestershire Association for Voluntary and Community Action) to carry out this awareness-raising work in Gloucestershire.

The funding application process will be handled by the Big Lottery, and applications for the ESIF will be made directly to them. The Big Lottery are keen to see that applications are submitted from a consortia of VCSE organisations working together to provide solutions that reflect local priorities and community needs.

There will be a series of events in the six districts to help share information about the grant.


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