New grant fund supporting skills and enterprise launching in West Leeds

new wortley community centre
Venue: New Wortley Community Centre

A new programme supporting employment and skills is launching in West Leeds – and organisations are invited to attend its launch event.

The ‘West Leeds Working, West Leeds Thriving’ programme, worth up to £1.5 million, is a new approach known as Community Led Local Development, which uses European Structural and Investment Fund monies.

The programme will be inviting applications for the delivery of innovative projects in the West Leeds that will support employment, skills and enterprise.

The launch event will start at 2pm on Thursday 20th September at Milford Marlins Rugby Club in Kirkstall.

There will be interactive discussions, a question and answer session and an opportunity to learn more about which areas of West Leeds the programme covers and what the calls will focus on.

There is also a second session planned, starting at 9.30am on 26 September at New Wortley Community Centre.

Saj Shah, Chair of the West Leeds Local Action Group, said:

“I am privileged to work with people from the local area to help develop ideas that will help boost employment opportunities and business development within some of our most deprived communities in the West Leeds area.

“Once we’ve received applications, we’ll be assessing them looking for new and innovative projects that can help take forward the objectives and desired outcome.

“Our launch event is taking place on 20th September and I’d urge any organisations as well as local entrepreneurs with an interest in this area of work to come along and learn more about ‘West Leeds Working, West Leeds Thriving’.”

The fund will be supported by up to £1.5 million of funding from the England European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme.

To register for the event, or to find out more, interested participants are asked to contact Claire Anderson on or visit the website.


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