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WEA (Workers Educational Association) and GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) are pleased to launch the first round of funding, across 2 strands, for the £5m GMCA Community Grants Programme.

This will enable local VCSE organisations and Housing Associations to bid for funding up to £100k to carry out projects in localities, to mobilise disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and inactive people to enable their progress towards further education and inclusive employment.

This strand aims to increase participation in Adult Skills. Currently, in Greater Manchester, just 8.7% of working-age adults with a prior attainment of Level 1 or below are accessing skills via the Adult Education Budget. We are looking for new and innovative ways of engaging with our residents, and supporting them in further skills provision – although targeting English, Maths and IT skills this could be any Skills provision, except ESOL, that suits the resident’s needs.

 Applications Close on 4th December at noon.

To find out further information and to access your application pack visit –

Bid writing support:

  • The WEA is hosting a Bid Writing Masterclass which will be delivered face to face on Wednesday 22nd November at their office in Holyoake House, Hanover St, Manchester M60 0AS (near Victoria Station).  This will be on a ‘first come first served’ basis so please email to book your place.
  • If you have any support needs as Bury based group or organisation please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and our team can help. Email 

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