From education to employment

D2N2 Active Inclusion Programme – multiple and complex needs

Call to run a project to address poverty and social exclusion in the D2N2 area and in particular targeted support to those most disadvantaged in the current labour market and least able or likely to benefit from ‘organic’ local growth.


This call will focus on developing 2 complementary programmes to ensure appropriate support is given to those most disadvantaged in the labour market.

Theme 1: Multiple Disadvantage. This element of the D2N2 Active Inclusion programme will support people with multiple and complex barriers to participation and address these underlying issues to enable them to move closer to or into the labour market.The additional support will help people who are distant from the labour market and require intensive support in addressing their multiple, profound and complex barriers to participation in the labour market. The main result will be that people address their complex needs and therefore are better able to engage in labour market activity.

Theme 2: Progress towards Work. This element of the Active Inclusion programme is to engage marginalised individuals and support them to re-engage with education, training, or employment.The additional support will help participants to move into employment, education or training. Participants will have a range of barriers and will be distant from the labour market or education and training. Participants will require intensive, tailored support and the main result will be more participants will be in education, training or employment upon leaving the programme.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the D2N2 LEP Area.


Approximately £ 4,500,000 of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 08/01/2020

Completion date

Projects must be completed no later than 3 years and 6 months after the proposed project start date, however the ESF Managing Authority reserves the right to vary the maximum duration in exceptional circumstances. All ESF Projects must be completed by 31st December 2023. Project costs cannot be incurred beyond this date.

Full Application Submission

To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and submit your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT System.

Please note: the ECLAIMS IT System can only be access from within the UK.

Full Applications submitted in the ECLAIMS IT System after the call closing date shown above and on the call specification will not be appraised.

If you do not already have access to the ECLAIMS IT system, please request an ‘ECLAIMS External Access Form’ by emailing [email protected]

You will need to request an External Access Form for each person in your organisation who requires access.

It is your responsibility to ensure you request and activate your ECLAIMS access in sufficient time. We strongly advise that you obtain and activate your ECLAIMS access at least 2 weeks prior to the advertised call closure date, if not sooner.

You are also advised to read the details in the call specification in order to produce an application that complies with the requirements and meets the needs set out in the ESF Operational Programme. All this information, the related guidance and the European Social Fund Operational Programme can be found from our homepage.The published ESF Online Full Application Guidance also provides step-by-step advice on how to complete your Full Application using the ECLAIMS IT system. ESF Online Full Application Guidance.

Technical Support

If you encounter any technical difficulties completing or submitting your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT system, please send an email to[email protected]

The technical support operating hours are Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm and it is your responsibility to ensure you seek and technical advice in sufficient time to complete and submit your Full Application before the published call closure date.

The Managing Authority reserves the right to reject applications which are incomplete or not submitted in a timely and compliant way.

Contact details

If you have any questions about the Call Specification or ESF Online Full Application Guidance, please contact [email protected]. This address should not be used to request technical support.

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