The fund is now closed for applications

The Active Inclusion Fund provides grants for projects in Wales that help disadvantaged people get back into employment.

Unemployment is on the rise in Wales, but projects funded by WCVA’s Active Inclusion Fund are fighting back.

Sorry, but the fund is now closed.  Extensions are possible for some existing projects. To find out more please click here or scroll down

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Active Inclusion funding

European funding for projects tackling unemployment is available until 2022, and though EU funds can be challenging WCVA’s expert team is here to help.

The Active Inclusion Fund is managed by WCVA, supported by funding from European Structural and Investment Funds.

It aims to reduce economic inactivity in Wales and improve the employability of disadvantaged people.

Jobs are the ultimate goal, but not the whole story

The Active Inclusion Fund provides grants for projects in Wales that help disadvantaged people get back into employment. Barriers to employment vary, and the grants are also relevant for those who specialise in supporting traditionally marginalised groups such as people with a learning difficulty or those from a Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority community.

Getting unemployed people set up with meaningful jobs is the end goal, but projects could also be providing a key step on the employment journey, such as:

  • Volunteering roles that provide beneficial experience
  • Skills training that help people’s employment prospects

Where we operate

The fund is split into four themes based on location and age group:

  • ‘West Wales and the Valleys’ (working with unemployed and economically inactive people who are over 25): funding available for continuation of existing projects only
  • ‘East Wales’ (working with unemployed and economically inactive people who are over 25): funding available for continuation of existing projects only
  • ‘West Wales and the Valleys’ (working with people aged between 16 and 24 who are not in employment, education or training): funding available for continuation of existing projects only
  • ‘East Wales’ (working with people aged between 16 and 24 who are not in employment, education or training): funding available for continuation of existing projects only
Map showing how the Active Inclusion fund divides Wales into two, with the areas of East Wales (Flintshire, Wrexham, Powys, Monmouthshire, Newport, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan) and West Wales and the Valleys (the remaining counties)

How we operate

The funding is split into two categories:

Include is for projects that focus on first step interventions – engaging with people furthest from the labour market. Projects work with people to overcome barriers to employment, in whatever way works best.

Achieve is for projects that offer paid, supported employment to those experiencing barriers to employment. Again, the way this is achieved this this is entirely up to the individual projects.

The Include and Achieve aspects can also be incorporated into a combined Include/Achieve project – consisting of a first step intervention followed by a paid role.

Get in touch

‘WCVA is there to help you, the Active Inclusion team have been amazing’

For support and to find out more get in touch with the Active Inclusion team:

0300 111 0124

activeinclusion@wcva.cymru.

Further information

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Approved beneficiary list – Active inclusion

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Current Active Inclusion projects

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WCVA privacy notice: for participants in European funded projects

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WCVA privacy notice: funding applicants and recipients

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Active Inclusion Evaluation Phase 3 Interim Report – Executive Summary

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