from a press statement from the CIoS Growth Programme

Up to £10.7 million is now available through the European Social Fund (ESF) for the design of new projects addressing some of the major economic and social concerns brought by the impact of Covid-19 in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

Calls are being made for new initiatives that will help the recovery of businesses and people of Cornwall, support them in overcoming current challenges and provide pathways to specialist support, training and employment.

This latest tranche of ESF funding will focus on supporting new projects in four key priority areas to assist the region’s recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

£3.7 million is aimed at improving the economy by calling on a number of projects that will support business and sustainable growth. The investment is set to support economic and social recovery by engaging locally with two-hundred businesses and develop the skills of a thousand individuals. (Skills for Sustainable Growth: Sustainable Business and Future Skills – deadline 13 October)

£3 million is directed towards projects that will help over 1900 people who are unemployed and/or inactive engage in activities that will bring them closer to the workplace and employment. (Access to Employment for jobseekers and inactive people – deadline 13 October)

£2 million will be dedicated to projects focusing on helping over a thousand young people aged 15 to 24, particularly the most vulnerable and those at risk of exclusion, progress into the workplace or further education. (Sustainable Integration of Young People into the Labour Market – Deadline 14 October)

£2 million will support a collaborative and county wide initiative aimed at supporting those most disadvantaged facing barriers, such as poverty, exclusion and violence, that prevent them accessing education, training or employment. (Active Inclusion: Future Peninsula Community Grants – Deadline 14 October)

Under the Withdrawal Agreement, successful projects will be able to deliver their activities up until 2023, enabling a lasting impact of the investment across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

This funding forms part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme (CIoS Growth Programme), the regeneration programme for the region.

Through the CIoS Growth Programme technical assistance EU funded project, organisations interested in applying for ESF funding can access free specialist support from the Access to the Programme Team. A dedicated team from Cornwall Development Company specifically tasked with supporting interested applicants and helping them develop robust applications, also offering a partnership brokering service. Throughout September, the Access to the Programme team is running online one to one support sessions as well as workshops on 14 & 15 September and support on the e-claims system on 16 & 17 September for organisations looking to apply for the current ESF funding calls. More information can be found on the Growth Programme website here.

The Access to the Programme Team can be contacted  on accesstotheprogramme@cornwalldevelopmentcompany.co.uk or 01872 323248.

In addition, you can also watch a video of Mark Williams, Integrated Territorial Investment Board Member, explaining the larger context for the latest ESF funding calls and what the £10.7m investment is looking to address here: