New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Community Challenge Fund

Type Awards
Status Closed
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.

Eligibility criteria

  • Each organisation leading a Community Challenge proposal must be either a Registered Charity or a Social Enterprise (Governing documents will be required to establish organisational status); FE colleges and schools can be a part of a collaborative proposal but not a lead applicant.
  • Each lead organisation must already be located within the LEP area (Norfolk and Suffolk) and already be carrying out a substantial level of activity within it.
  • Each lead organisation must have at least two years overall track record, and provide evidence of activity via their past two years’ annual accounts.
  • Each lead organisation must have a board of trustees or directors that meets regularly and consists of at least 3 unrelated persons.
  • An organisation can only lead one proposal, but can be a partner in more than one proposal.
  • The proposed response to the Challenge (your project) will take place in the LEP area and beneficiaries must be resident in the LEP area.
  • The problem identified and the solution proposed must all relate to both skills and employment for people facing multiple challenges in less affluent neighbourhoods.
  • The maximum project period is 12 months (April 2016 – March 2017).
  • Funding cannot be used for the purchase of capital equipment beyond 10% of the total proposed budget.
  • Funding cannot be used towards activity that is party political in intention, use, or presentation, nor to support or promote religious activity.

How to apply

  1. Complete the application form below
  2. You are required to submit the following supporting documents and financial information with your application form:
    – Annual accounts for the last 2 financial years
    – A copy of your governing document
    – A budget for your proposed project, including all other funding sources
    – Policies – Equal Opportunities (all applicants), plus safeguarding policies where relevant.

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.

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Download: Application Form

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