Folkestone Community Works Programme

Folkestone Community Works

The Folkestone Community Works Programme is part funded by the ERDF and ESF programmes.

The Folkestone Community Works Programme is part-funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-20 and is managed by Folkestone & Hythe District Council.

Folkestone & Hythe 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.

Folkestone & Hythe 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.

For a list of Folkestone Local Action Group (LAG) Members, please see LAG members

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 Ordnance Survey map

See here for further details. Streets within Folkestone Community Works

Folkestone Community Works is structured around three objectives and eight activities:

Objective 1 - Enhancing work-readiness and well-being

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

Objective 2 - Promoting local business and social enterprise

Action 5: Promotion of social enterprise

Action 6: Support for business start-ups

Action 7: DIY Space /incubation

Objective 3 - Integrated delivery mechanism for the strategy

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. Folkestone & Hythe 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?

Folkestone & Hythe 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 of funding is now closed

Folkestone Community Works CLLD Round 1 of funding is now closed.

Thank you for your interest.  We have received 39 Eligibility Questionnaire forms which is a great response from our Launch Event and Workshop 1 on 22nd February 2018.

All eligible organisations have been contacted and advised to now complete a Full Application.  These were received on 28th May.

After the closing date, the projects will be assessed by the LAG and we will contact organisations with the outcome and next steps in July 2018.

We are planning to open Round 2 in 2019.  Information will be posted on this webpage, however, should you wish to be added to our distribution list, please email us at

Should you have any other queries, please contact the Programme Management Team at

Please note: do not complete the full application form unless you have submitted an Eligibility Questionnaire and have received an invitation from the Programme Management Team to submit a Full Application form.

Stage 2: Full Application: submission deadline has now passed.

For organisations invited to complete a Full Application form, the following successful workshops were ran to provide support and guidance.

  • Workshop 2 for Main Projects funding, Thursday 19th April 2018
  • Workshop 3 for Main Projects funding, Thursday 10th May 2018

Both Workshops took place at the Sunflower House, Folkestone.

Support on completing the SME Business Grant Full Application was provided by the Programme Management Team via 1-2-1 meetings and a drop in session on Friday 20th April 2018, at the Civic Centre, Folkestone.

C1.0 Main Project and SME Business Grant Manual 220218_v3

C2.1 Main Project Call Specification 220218_v2

C2.2 Main Project Eligibility Questionnaire 220218

C2.3 Main Project Grant Application Form Guidance Notes 220218_v2

C2.4 Main Project Grant Application Form 220218

C2.4a Main Projects Grant Application – Outputs and Results Annex 220218

C2.4b Main Projects Grant Application – Budget Annex 220218

D1.0 Main Projects EQ Assessment Form 220218

D1.1a ERDF Main Project Application Assessment Form 220218

D1.1b ESF Main Project Application Assessment Form 220218

D1.2 Main Project Offer Letter 220218

D1.3 Main Project Grant Funding Agreement 220218

D1.4 Main Project Claim Form 220218

D1.5 Main Project Output Monitoring Form 220218

C3.1 SME Business Grant Call Specification 220218_v2

C3.2 SME Business Grant Eligibility Questionnaire 220218

C3.2b SME Business Grant Supplementary Eligibility Questionnaire 220218

C3.3 SME Business Grant Application Guidance Notes 220218

C3.4 SME Business Grant Application Form 220218

C3.4a SME Business Grant Application – Outputs Annex 220218

C3.4b SME Business Grant Application – Budget Annex 220218

D2.0 SME Business Grant EQ Assessment Form 220218

D2.1 SME Business Grant Application Assessment Form 220218

D2.2 SME Business Grant Offer Letter 220218

D2.3 SME Business Grant Funding Agreement 220218

D2.4 SME Business Grant Claim Form 220218

D2.5 SME Business Grant Output Monitoring Form 220218

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