Active Inclusion at Work Fund reviewed timeline
A reviewed application timeline for the proposed Active Inclusion at Work Fund has been published.
- Invitation to apply for grants opens: 30 November 2017
- Grant application deadline: 12 January 2018
- Projects’ start date: 1 April 2018
As the grant application deadline has been pushed back slightly, if you didn’t managed to submit your EQ in time, there is still a possibility it could be assessed in time for the ‘Invitation to Apply’ release date.
For more information, contact the Active Inclusion Fund team on firstname.lastname@example.org or Helpdesk on 0800 2888 329
About the fund
The proposed Active Inclusion at Work Fund* will be available to third, public and private sector organisations that can support employed or self-employed participants facing barriers such as ill health, work limiting health conditions or disabilities, caring or childcare responsibilities. The support will look to prevent these barriers from becoming drivers to poverty and exclusion from the employment market.
Projects will be tailored to meet the specific needs of the participants. Through activities and support such as mentoring, coaching, advocacy, representation, sign posting and implementing change, participants will be better equipped in overcoming the daily challenges they face in their employment. By increasing their hours, or rates of pay; or improving their employment terms such as permanence and duration of contract, the support received should ultimately improve their labour market situation.
As well as directly supporting employees, projects can also be funded to support micro, small or medium enterprise (SME) employers to implement and improve their current procedures and provisions. For example, projects can support SME employers to improve their existing equality and diversity strategies or adopt new ones, comply with legislation about flexible working and disability discrimination, receive help with HR solutions and practices, gain recognition through the ‘Disability Confident’ and other schemes and maximise the input and morale of employees.
It is planned that the entire fund of approximately £1.5 million will be allocated to projects in the West Wales and the Valleys region only.
*managed by WCVA and potentially supported by funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds