EU cash on offer to help voluntary groups in jobs market

London
voluntary groups helping the long-term unemployed or people seeking to return
to the jobs market to overcome the multiple barriers to getting a job are being
invited to apply for European Social Fund money to help with their schemes.

The
Association of London Government (ALG) has a pot of around £7m available to
fund projects for up to 27 months starting from January 2005.

The
funding is available for those schemes to help the following groups:


Disabled people


Ethnic minorities


Lone parents


People recovering from addiction


Refugees


Asylum seekers with permission to work


The homeless


13-17-year-olds


Women returning to the labour market


Women entering non-traditional occupations for their gender


Women from black and minority ethnic communities with low rates of
participation in the labour market

To
be eligible for funding, applicants must be voluntary or not-for-profit
organisations providing projects that benefit people across at least two London
boroughs.

The
ALG would also welcome applications from partnerships of groups that are
strategic, innovative and link in with other programmes. Projects that target
people in outer London
boroughs are particularly welcome.

Application
forms and guidance are available on the ALG website www.alg.gov.uk.
Deadline for applications is noon on Friday 15 October 2004.

Michael Millar

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