WNF Innovations Fund

WNF Innovations Fund

Original ideas and fresh thinking were called for at the launch of the new Working Neighbourhoods WNF Worklessness Innovations Fund.


The fund will support new approaches to get Birmingham’s citizens back into work.

Part of the overall Working Neighbourhoods Fund (WNF) managed by Be Birmingham, the city’s  local strategic partnership, the £2m Worklessness Innovations Fund will provide small grants for innovative actions, feasibility or research to support innovative approaches to tackling worklessness in the city.

This fund is designed to find innovative ideas to help people back in to work, please find supporting documents below:

WNF output definitions and evidence requirements  (Output Definitions and Evidence Requirements 17_06_09 (2))
WNF Worklessness Innovations Fund guidance notes (Guidance_Notes)
WNF Worklessness Innovations Fund flyer  (WNF_A4_Flyer)
WNF Worklessness Innovations Fund application form ( WNF Application Final Word version(1))

The fund is being delivered by Birmingham City Council’s Development Planning and Regeneration service, on behalf of Be Birmingham Birmingham’s Economic Development Partnership.

The fund is open to any organisation, large or small, involved in tackling worklessness. Up to 100% funding is available for demonstration projects, research or feasibility studies which will test new approaches and innovative ways of helping people back into work, and support improved and more effectively delivery.

Round one closing date is 6th July, 2009. Future rounds will be expanded to include pre-proposal innovation workshops and post application support for projects. For more information, Richard Pearce, Employment Development Team 0121 303 3316; 07980673243

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