New Anglia LEP Community Challenge

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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 during 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 (1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018). The 2 most successful projects will each receive an extra £25,000 Prize in 2018 to sustain and scale up their solutions to the LEP Community Challenge.

Please note Challenge proposals should focus on employability outcomes for adults and/ or NEET young people (not in education, employment or training).

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 (1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018).
  • 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. Download and complete the application form – Community Challenge Application Form
  2. You are required to submit the following supporting documents and financial information with your application form – please submit by email where possible:
    1. Annual accounts for the last 2 financial years
    2. A copy of your governing document
    3. A budget for your proposed project, including all other funding sources
    4. 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 – Click here to read the Community Challenge Prospectus

Deadline and timescales
The deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 4 November 2016.  Shortlisting will take place in December, and finalists will be asked to make a presentation the the New Anglia LEP panel on 27 February 2017.  Funded projects should begin from 1 April 2017, for a maximum of 12 months. 

Submitting your application
An electronic copy of your application, along with the other documents requested, should be emailed (where possible) 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.  

Norfolk Community Foundation
Tel: 01603 623958
St James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich NR3 1TN

Suffolk Community Foundation
Tel: 01473 786917/01473 786912
The Old Barns, Peninsula Business Centre, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 2BB

Please contact the relevant Community Foundation if you have any questions or would like to discuss your project.

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