Round 3 of the UK Government’s Returners Fund has re-opened for applications. The fund will distribute up to £500,000 to support an anticipated 5 -7 organisations in running projects aimed at women returners to the labour market from groups facing the greatest disadvantage. Projects are expected to create new job opportunities within the private sector that could not otherwise be established by the market and;
- Address specific barriers for returners that can be replicated at scale;
- Demonstrate self-sustainability beyond the initial funding period of the grant; and
- Develop an understanding of how best to support a) returners to gain paid employment and b) employers to recruit and support returners.
Under this round the Government Equalities Office is looking to support potential returners – especially women – who face persistent barriers to returning to work, for example people who:
- Speak little to no English
- Are homeless or at risk of homelessness
- Have no recourse to public funds due to their immigration status, but who have the right to work
- With substance abuse support needs
- With mental or physical health issues
- Are victims of domestic abuse
- Are ex-offenders
- Are in challenging economic circumstances
- Experience multiple barriers due to their gender and their faith, sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Grants of up to £100,000 are available with the majority of awards expected to be between £50,000 and £100,000 and will cover the start-up costs of new projects, training, and related support for Returners. Most of the grant recipients will be voluntary and community sector organisations and social enterprises.
The deadline for return of full applications is the 8th March 2019.