|Applications accepted from social enterprises?||Yes|
|Maximum||Awards of £20,000|
The Community Challenge is a new scheme for Norfolk and Suffolk led by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) aiming to encourage projects that can actively deliver against targets to help people in the LEP area to become work ready and into employment.
The target outcomes for the Challenge are to support 300 disadvantaged people to become job-ready and a further 100 to gain paid employment within the LEP area over the lifetime of the programme.
9 LEP Challenge Awards of £20,000 each will be presented to successful applicants to run their project to tackle the LEP Community Challenge over a maximum 12 month period (April 2016 – March 2017). The 2 most successful projects will each receive an extra £25,000 prize in early 2017 to sustain and scale up their solutions to the LEP Community Challenge.
The Challenge is open to Registered Charities/Social Enterprise organisations. It is not open to individuals or non-constituted groups. FE colleges and schools can be part of a collaborative proposal but not a lead applicant. The proposed project will take place in the LEP area, where the beneficiaries will also be resident.
How to apply
A limited amount of relevant additional material can be submitted if it clearly helps to communicate your proposal. Please note all such materials will not be returned. Please ensure that you complete the application form as fully as you can and do not rely on additional enclosures to make the case.
The judging criteria which will be used to shortlist applicants can be viewed as part of the Community Challenge Prospectus.
Deadline and timescales
Deadline for applications – 5pm, 16th October 2015 (for completed forms and all supporting documents)
Shortlisting will take place in November 2015, and shortlisted organisations will be invited to present to the decision making panel in February 2016. 12 projects will be shortlisted, from which the 9 award recipients will be selected. Shortlisted groups will receive further advice and support to develop their proposals and delivery plans prior to the final selection.
Submitting your application
An electronic copy of your application, along with the other documents requested, should be emailed to your local Community Foundation using the contact details below. Receipt will be acknowledged within 2 working days – if you have not had acknowledgement within 48 hours, please contact the Community Foundation to confirm your submission has been received.
Applicants should submit their application to the Community Foundation covering the area in which they will deliver the project. If your project is working across both counties please use the location of the lead partner to determine where to submit your bid.
Suffolk Community Foundation
Tel: 01473 786917
The Old Barns, Peninsula Business Centre, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 2BB
Norfolk Community Foundation
Tel: 01603 623958
St James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich NR3 1TN
Please contact the relevant Community Foundation if you have any questions or would like to discuss your project.