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News - 15 September 2003

Council tipped for £300,000 ESF award

A new bid to secure extra monies from the European Social Fund (ESF) will extend the current Global Grants programme from January 2004 to December 2006.

The success of the current programme has ensured that funding of up to £663,000 could be targeted on training opportunities within the community and voluntary sector. Indications are that Brighton & Hove Council could expect to be awarded funding of £300,000 of ESF money. This is allocated at £100,000 per calendar year for 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Match funding gained by the Council from internal sources will enable further money to be attracted to the city.

Councillor Don Turner said, "Global Grants enables us to help hard-to-reach groups. It is an extremely efficient way of the Council attracting funding from Europe. Grants benefit small community groups and individuals and enable them to access training.

"We want everyone who needs it to have access to courses from cookery to computer training. It is vitally important that everyone has the opportunity to build skills valuable to the workforce."

"This new application to Europe comes on the back of the hugely successful two-year programme where more people than ever were able to access work training skills."

The current programme has helped many more people than first expected. The original target aimed to benefit 500 groups and individuals. This number had increased to 2,000 groups and individuals by end of June 2003 with numbers growing.

To date, funded projects have included training in skilled areas from sport, personal development to ICT, counselling and basic skills. The maximum grant available to any one group is £5,000.

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