Fund title: Returners Fund

Focus of fund/fund aims:

For projects to support people returning to employment after a career break to take on a caring responsibility

Application deadline:

First round EoIs: 30 March 2018. Second round EoIs: 16 August 2018

Fund description:

Funding is available for projects to support ‘returners’: people who have left paid employment for at least a year to take on a caring responsibility and would like to return to paid work at a level commensurate with their skills and experience.

The Returners Fund has £1.5million available for organisations to run projects that create new job opportunities within the private sector and targeted employment sectors that have a weaker track record in catering for returners, including, retail; law; tech and telecoms; science, technology, engineering and maths industries; and the creative industries.

All types of organisations that can demonstrate they can support returners are eligible. This will include voluntary and community sector organisations, local training providers, local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), academic institutions, local authorities or private sector organisations.

There are two opportunities to apply in 2018. Approximately 15-18 projects will be selected in total.

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