Shepway District Council has been successful in securing European funding for a Folkestone Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Programme to operate from 2017 to 2022.
The programme is to be known as Folkestone Community Works and aims to improve social and economic community cohesion is some of Folkestone most deprived areas.
This will be done by:
- Helping residents to access jobs
- Helping local businesses and start-ups to grow
- Providing new job opportunities.
Folkestone Community Works is a locally managed funding programme that targets selected areas of Folkestone to encourage local organisations, groups and businesses rooted in their communities to suggest and deliver projects that contribute to increased employment, develop businesses and improve opportunities to enhance local life.
The Folkestone Local Action Group, consisting of representatives of local private, voluntary and community and public sectors, was formed to develop the Folkestone CLLD Strategy and to drive the Folkestone Community Works programme.
Shepway District Council secured £2.49 million of European Funding, under the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth programme, to offer grants to organisations and business to deliver the Folkestone CLLD Strategy. With match funding the programme will invest £4.9 million into the area and local people. The programme runs from 2017 to December 2022.
Organisations, charities, and businesses can apply for funding to deliver their projects supporting local people on their journey to employment or entrepreneurship, and local businesses to grow.
What is Community Led Local Development?
Community Led Local Development (CLLD) brings together local communities to explore and understand the challenges and experiences that can make it difficult for people to find a job or set up and run a business. The CLLD approach aims to find solutions to the obstacles local people face and support the most disadvantaged on their way to employment or entrepreneurship.
Folkestone Local Action Group (LAG), made up of community representatives, public, private and voluntary organisations, was established to explore the issues, develop Folkestone Community Led Local Development Strategy and oversee its implementation.
The Folkestone CLLD Strategy aims to stimulate the local economy to deliver jobs and growth, by supporting activity that addresses local issues and opportunities, delivered by those rooted in the community.
The Folkestone Community Works programme will use its funding to deliver the Folkestone CLLD Strategy.
Why is it important?
We know that some of the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Folkestone are disconnected from economic opportunities – finding it hard to get local jobs, especially the young. Factors in people’s background or personal circumstances can also present extra challenges, such as poor health, lack of confidence or inexperience, disabilities, financial worries, or language barriers. Folkestone Community Works will enable us to tackle inequalities in partnership with communities so that people can make the most of existing and new opportunities, with more and better jobs to shape the future of their neighbourhoods as well as identifying their own priorities.
Where will Folkestone Community Works take place?
Folkestone Community Works is targeted at some of Folkestone’s most disadvantaged areas:-Broadmead, East Folkestone, Central Folkestone and Folkestone Harbour.
It includes all of Folkestone’s neighbourhoods found within England’s 10% and 20% most deprived Lower Super Output Area’s (LSOA) (2010 Index of Multiple Deprivation) as well as some adjacent areas to maintain coherence and provide links between areas of need and opportunities.
The total population of the Folkestone Community Works area is 31,486, of whom 65% of the residents and 60% of the working age population live within the 20% most disadvantaged LSOAs. Projects supporting the most disadvantaged areas and the people who live there will be prioritised for funding.
The defined target area within Folkestone is shown by the outer boundary on the map. Please see here CLLD-area Ordinance Survey map
See here for further details. Streets within Folkestone Community Works
Folkestone Community Works is structured around three objectives and eight activities:
Action 1: Work experience and job preparation for young people
Action 2: Getting people back into work
Action 3: Promoting emotional and physical well-being
Action 4: Promoting financial wellbeing
Action 5: Promotion of social enterprise
Action 6: Support for business start-ups
Action 7: DIY Space /incubation
Action 8: Setting up and operating the Community Hub
Who can apply?
Organisations, charities and businesses will be able to apply for funding from Folkestone Community Works to deliver their local projects that support the Objectives in line with the Activities described above. Shepway District Council is the Accountable Body and will administer the project application process. The projects will be selected by the Folkestone Local Action Group.
Folkestone Community Works will run until 31 December 2022.
What will it achieve?
Folkestone Community Works aims to close the gap between the least and most well off neighbourhoods by ensuring that disadvantaged communities can access existing and new opportunities that are emerging as a result of significant investment in the local economy.
Folkestone Community Works aims to support 1,000 people including 350 unemployed, 350 economically inactive, 250 people with disabilities, 75 people from ethnic minorities and 100 people over 50+. We expect the programme will help at least 200 people to enter education or training who were not previously, 160 unemployed to find a job and 189 economically inactive people to find a job or start looking for one.
Folkestone Community Works also aims to support 148 new enterprises to be created, 195 existing businesses to grow, and create at least 98 new jobs as well as help 175 potential entrepreneurs to be enterprise ready. There is also scope to refurbish 2 public/commercial buildings.
Who will benefit?
Residents (mainly the unemployed and economically inactive), local voluntary organisations and community groups as well as small to medium sized businesses located in the Folkestone Community Works area.
Within these groups, the following have been identified as priority groups:
- Social enterprises and voluntary and community sector groups looking into setting up a social enterprise
- Young people
- People who are unemployed
- People from ethnic minorities
- People with disabilities (including people with mental health issues)
- People who have never or not worked for a long time
- People who are aged over 50 years.
How is Folkestone Community Works funded?
Shepway District Council have secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) – £1.5 million, and European Social Fund (ESF) – £975,000, for the delivery of the Folkestone CLLD Strategy.
All projects will be required to provide 50% match funding for both ERDF and ESF funds. Sources of this match funding may include grants from local funds and foundations, own resources and staff/volunteer time (for organisations delivering ESF funded projects). Match funding can not include any funding from any ESF or ERDF sources.
How to apply for funding
Folkestone Community Works has two separate funding programmes:
- Main Projects: to be delivered by intermediary organisations who are the project applicants. The beneficiaries are residents or businesses in the Folkestone Community Works area.
- SME Business Grant Scheme: Businesses are the applicants and beneficiaries
Each programme has different documentation.
The application process is a two stage process, stage 1 is an Eligibility Questionnaire and the stage 2 is the full application. The two stage process is to ensure applicants are eligible for the funding before completing the full application:
Round 1: Opens Thursday 22nd February 2018
Stage 1: Eligibility Questionnaire: submission deadline Friday 2nd March 2018 at 5pm.
- Support on completing the Eligibility Questionnaire will be provided at Workshop 1 on Thursday 22 February 2018 and by the Programme Management Team
- Invitation to submit a Full Application Friday 16 March 2018
- Documentation will be available from February 22nd 2018.
Stage 2: Full application: submission deadline Friday 20 April 2018 at 5pm.
Do not complete the application form unless you have completed the Eligibility Form and have received an invitation from the Programme Management Team to submit an application form.
- Support on completing the Main Project Full application will be provided by Workshop 2 and 3 dates to be confirmed and by the Programme Management Team
- Support on completing the SME Business Grant Full application will be provided by the Programme Management Team.
If you require any further support in completing the Eligibility Form or the Application Form, please contact:
- Kate Wilson, Programme Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sarah Pugsley, Programme Assistant, email@example.com