Grants for community projects to support people into work

25/06/2018, PR8829

Wakefield Council is inviting voluntary organisations, community groups and businesses to apply for £2.6 million of grant funding to support residents into work and help the local economy to prosper.

The People Enabling Area Transformation (PEAT) project is aiming to help residents who are unemployed and economically inactive in Airedale/Castleford, Havercroft and Ryhill, Hemsworth, Kinsley and Fitzwilliam and South Elmsall and South Kirkby, to increase the chances of finding work by developing skills, creating new jobs and supporting existing businesses.

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration at Wakefield Council, said: "This is great opportunity to access funding that aims to make a real difference to people's lives. It will help those who are struggling to find work and help to develop new skills and it could also support people who want to start their own business. This is a positive step which helps to encourage the growth of a prosperous and diverse local economy."

The £2.6 million grants are made up of a combination of European funding and match-funding.

Information events for community groups to find out more about how the programme works and how to apply for funding are taking place on:

  • Monday 2 July, 5pm-7pm at Havercroft & Ryhill Community Learning Centre
  • Tuesday 3 July, 5pm-7pm at SESKU Academy, South Kirkby
  • Wednesday 4 July,  5pm-7pm at Springs Resource Centre, Hemsworth
  • Thursday 5 July, 2pm- 4pm at The Hut, Airedale 

To book a place email:

For more details about the project visit

The People Enabling Area Transformation (PEAT) project is a Community Led Local Development programme. 

The funding comes from the European Union's European Structural and Investment Funds and is administered by Wakefield Council, on behalf of the PEAT Local Action Group.

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