Open Calls and Application Forms

Open Calls and Application Forms

Successful projects to be completed by 31 March 2023

Applications for Folkestone Community Works funding can be made when a call is open. A call is an open invitation for organisations, businesses, applicants to submit an application against a published specification.

Making an Application

Applications for Folkestone Community Works funding can be made when a call is open.

A call is an open invitation for organisations/businesses/applicants to submit an application against a published specification. These are:

  • A delivery organisation providing services to residents and businesses
  • A local business applying for grants to help their enterprise grow

The application process is in two parts:

  • Part 1 is the completion of an Expression of Interest form and Eligibility Questionnaire
  • Part 2 is the Full Application

Open calls

Call five: Main projects – application to deliver an employability / enterprise / community hub (ERDF funding)

This call is seeking projects to create an employability / enterprise / community hub which will provide quality, flexible space for the local community.

It will be a place where residents and businesses within the Folkestone Community Works area can access activities and support to help them achieve their potential.

A maximum grant of £250,000 is available – and this must be match-funded. Therefore a total of £500,000 will be invested in the project.

GUIDANCE NOTES

C1.0 Main Projects Call 5 ERDF Manual vs3

C2.1 Main Project Call 5 ERDF Specification E E C Hub vs3 08 21

APPLICATION FORMS

C2.2a Main Project Call 5 ERDF Expression of Interest aug 21

C2.2b Main Project Call 5 ERDF Eligibility Questionnaire

C2.2c Main Project EQ definitions

C2.3 Main Project Grant Call 5 ERDF Application Form Guidance Notes

C2.4 Main Project Grant Call 5 ERDF Application Form

C2.4a Main Projects Grant Application_ERDF Outputs Annex

C2.4b Main Projects Grant Application_ERDF Budget Annex

Call six: Main projects – applications to deliver business support services

This call is seeking projects to deliver one or more of the following business support services:

  • Assist potential entrepreneurs on their journey to start an enterprise
  • Help start-ups, including the self-employed, to establish and succeed
  • Support the start-ups, self-employed and SME businesses in the area to grow – thereby creating new employment opportunities for residents

Applicants must be able to provide quality, approachable, accessible and flexible services that support SMEs, self-employment and business start-ups.

A maximum grant of £174,000 is available – and this must be match-funded. Therefore a total of £348,000 will be invested in the project.

GUIDANCE NOTES

C1.0a Main Projects Call 6 ERDF Manual 03 20 vs2

C2.1 Main Projects Call 6 ERDF Specification for Action 2.6 Business Support Services 10 20vs2

APPLICATION FORMS

C2.2b Main Projects Call 6 Eligibility Questionnaire 03 20

C2.2c Main Projects EQ definitions

C2.3 Main Project Grant ERDF Application Form Guidance Notes

C2.4 Main Projects Call 6 ERDF Application Form

C2.4a Main Projects Call 6 Grant Application_ERDF Outputs Annex

C2.4b Main Projects Call 6 Grant Application_ERDF Budget Annex

Call seven: Main projects – applications to deliver employability services

This call is seeking projects to deliver one or more of the following employability support services to residents in the Folkestone Community Works area:

  • Support unemployed residents who are available for work and actively seeking work into employment or training/education
  • Support economically inactive who want to enter or re-enter the workforce into an active job search, employment or training/education
  • Promote financial well-being for the unemployed and/or economically inactive

Applicants must present an appropriate, effective, and efficient way of delivering the project, as well as demonstrate new ways of delivering services in the area.

A maximum grant of £325,000 is available for the first two bullet points – and this must be match-funded. Therefore a total of £650,000 will be invested in the project.

A maximum grant of £75,000 is available for promoting financial well-being – and this must be match-funded. Therefore a total of £150,000 will be invested in the project.

GUIDANCE NOTES

C1.0 Main Project Call 7 ESF Manual 03 20

C2.1 Main Project Call 7 ESF Specification 09 20 (3)

APPLICATION FORMS

C2.2a Main Project Call 7 ESF Expression of Interest

C2.2b Main Project Call 7 ESF Eligibility Questionnaire

C2.2c Main Project EQ definitions

C2.3 Main Project Grant Call 7 ESF Application Form Guidance Notes

C2.4 Main Project Call 7 ESF Grant Application Form

C2.4a Main Projects Call 7 ESF Grant Application_Outputs and Results Annex

C2.4b Main Projects Call 7 ESF Grant_Application Budget Annex

 

Call eight: Applicants for the SME business grant scheme

This call is for SME businesses with less than 250 employees and a turnover of under €50m.

Funding is available to support the growth of a business within the Folkestone Community Works area. One-to-one support is available throughout the process.

A grant between £1,000 and £7,500 is available – and this must be match-funded. Therefore a maximum of £15,000 can be invested into a project.

GUIDANCE NOTES

C1. SME Business Grant Manual_08 20

C3.1 SME Business Grant Call Specification_Actions 2.5_2.6 (4)

APPLICATION FORMS

C3.2 SME Business Grant Eligibility Questionnaire_09 18

C3.2b SME Business Grant EQ definitions_09 18

C3.3 SME Business Grant Application Guidance Notes_07 20v2

C3.4 SME Business Grant Application Form_08 21 (1)

C3.4a SME Business Grant Application_Budget Annex_08 21

Call nine: Main projects (ERDF) DIY space/Business incubation facilities

The call is seeking projects to create quality, flexible and versatile space(s) for businesses or for a wider appeal.

There is a minimum threshold for the size of ERDF grant requested for individual projects of £25,000 i.e. the minimum total project cost with matching funding is £50,000. There is no maximum threshold. Preference will be given to projects of scale and impact.

Capital funding can match revenue funding (and visa versa).

GUIDANCE NOTES

C1.0 Main Projects Call 9 ERDF Manual vs3

C2.1 Main Projects Call 9 Specification_ Action 2.7vs3

APPLICATION FORMS

C2.2a Main Project Call 9 ERDF Expression of Interest aug 21

C2.2b Main Project Call 9 ERDF Eligibility Questionnaire

C2.2c Main Project EQ definitions

C2.3 Main Project Grant Call 9 ERDF Application Form Guidance Notes

C2.4 Main Project Grant Call 9 ERDF Application Form

C2.4a Main Projects Grant Application_ERDF Outputs Annex

C2.4b Main Projects Grant Application_ERDF Budget Annex

The programme management team is available to assist applicants throughout the whole process. Successful projects have to be completed by 31 March 2023.

To discuss your project, please email folkestonecommunityworks@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk. You can also email us to be added to our distribution list for future calls.

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