The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) is inviting small organisations dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of economically inactive residents in the region to apply to their new Small Grant Programme.  

The £500K programme, funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKPSF), is for the delivery of community-based initiatives to reach individuals of working age who are not currently engaging with existing employability provision. 

The primary focus of the small grants is to bolster capacity within current partnership structures and smaller voluntary sector organisations to develop opportunities for people, by providing grant funding of between £30,000 and £50,000. 

The Small Grant Programme, delivered by Rocket Science, will be instrumental in fostering community-based activities designed to empower and support individuals who are currently outside the workforce.  

This initiative represents a significant step towards enhancing economic inclusivity in our region by targeting economically inactive residents who face additional barriers to accessing existing employability services. 

Community organisations, non-profits and partners are invited to submit an application by Monday 9 October 2023 via the website 

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All projects must be completed by 31 March 2025.  Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of economically inactive residents and foster a stronger, more prosperous North of Tyne. 

The UKSPF is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025.

The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit 

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