One of the challenges of a rural geography is that those in isolated communities can find it hard to access opportunities and help. Through the ESF programme and working with a range of partners we’re making sure community based projects continue supporting those in our ‘hardest to reach’ communities through the projects outlined below.


Community Grants


Community Grants is part of the European Social Fund programme which is distributing small grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 in East Riding, York and North Yorkshire.

Humber Learning Consortium are managing our contract and grant applications from East Riding. Your Consortium are managing applications from York and North Yorkshire.

The aim of the programme is to fund local projects which help unemployed people aged 18 years and over and from the hardest to reach communities progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.

For further information contact Jacquie Newman – [email protected] or call 01482327438

This video outlines the great work done by the Clock – a social support project based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire who are recipients of Community Grants funding:



Advantage Coast

East Riding of Yorkshire Council, along with Scarborough Borough Council, has successfully secured £6.9 million from the European Structural Investment Fund to support community development, business growth and enterprise along the Yorkshire Coast.

Advantage Coast CLLD Programme aims to:

  • support business and enterprise growth,
  • increase employment through supporting creation of new jobs
  • to help those furthest from the labour market improve their employment opportunities by helping to improve skills and experience of unemployed people

The Advantage Coast programme is supported by a team of staff who work with the Local Action Group to deliver the aims and objectives of the Yorkshire Coast Local Development Strategy (LDS). For more information visit the Advantage Coast website.