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Lucrative grants made available to quash Enfield unemployment
The urge to quell unemployment in the borough has been given added incentive as the London Councils makes more than £100,000 available to community groups in the capital.
Projects that help those gain the skills for employment can bid for a share of the £187,000 match funding from European Social Fund.
London Councils has enabled Enfield Borough Council to access the funds for community projects due to its affiliation with the European Commission.
Councillor Bambos Charalambous, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for leisure, youth, culture and localism, said: “We are delighted to match fund this project and look forward to hearing from many local groups who are eager to support unemployed people in Enfield.
“It is intended that a minimum of 15 grants of up to £12,500 will be made available for year - long projects that can help people gain the skills and confidence they need for long term employment.
“I want to encourage groups to apply as soon as possible. Successful groups will then be able to get ready to start their projects from early 2014 onwards.”
Projects must last between one and nine months from November 29 onwards. Project must be concluded by August 2014 and each organisation can bid for a maximum grant of £12,500, applications must be sent before October 10.
Chairman of London Councils’ grants committee, Councillor Paul McGlone, said: “We would like to encourage community organisations which work with unemployed people in Enfield to apply for a grant.
“For people who have not worked for a while and those who have traditionally been excluded from the labour market, updating their skills, writing a CV and preparing for job interviews can be a daunting prospect. We want to support projects which help job seekers as they prepare to find and start work.”
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