The Orkney Local Employability Partnership have agreed to run a one-off Innovation Challenge Fund in financial year 2022/23 to develop innovative approaches to support people experiencing particular challenges which prevent them from progressing towards and within employment.
The fund is open to constituted third-sector organisations who have an operational base within Orkney, to apply for funds to the maximum of £2,000.00 which can be used for additionality/innovation within an existing project.
The funding is available until March 2023 and can be used for projects that will be completed by 31st March 2024. Projects that would fit the criteria are those that:
The purpose being to provide short-term investment in new, innovative or additional ways of working which will have a long-term positive impact on the delivery of employability services in the Orkney, in particular enabling engagement with priority groups including:
Applications for the continuation of existing projects are not eligible, except where the project is an additional short-term intervention that will have a long-term positive impact.
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