Helping disadvantaged and vulnerable people

Grants will support organisations with a proven record in employability to enable people from black and minority ethnic communities, people with disabilities, long-term unemployed, single parents and people facing factors such as mental health, age and homelessness to move closer towards, or into employment.

Working in partnership

HIWCF are managing the programme, which was created by Solent LEP in response to the call issued by the Department of Work and Pensions. It is supported by the European Social Fund, Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council, and Sovereign Housing, together with extensive support from HIWCF donors.

Previous success

The Solent Supporting Employment Programme follows the successful two-year Solent Community Grants Programme 2016-18, where over 52% of participants (524 people) were able to either move into employment, engage in education or training, or begin looking for work. Many more people were able to improve their employability prospects through involvement in volunteering opportunities in their local communities.

The Solent Supporting Employment Programme is now closed for grant applications.

Please do keep an eye on our HIWCF grants table, as new grants programmes regularly become available through the year, which may be of interest to your organisation: