Wakefield Council is inviting voluntary organisations, community groups and businesses to apply for £2.6 million of grant funding to support residents into work and help the local economy to prosper.

The People Enabling Area Transformation (PEAT) project is aiming to help residents who are unemployed and economically inactive in Airedale/Castleford, Havercroft and Ryhill, Hemsworth, Kinsley and Fitzwilliam and South Elmsall and South Kirkby, to increase the chances of finding work by developing skills, creating new jobs and supporting existing businesses.

The £2.6 million grants are made up of a combination of European funding and match-funding.

Information events for community groups to find out more about how the programme works and how to apply for funding are taking place on:

  • Monday 2 July, 5pm-7pm at Havercroft & Ryhill Community Learning Centre
  • Tuesday 3 July, 5pm-7pm at SESKU Academy, South Kirkby
  • Wednesday 4 July, 5pm-7pm at Springs Resource Centre, Hemsworth
  • Thursday 5 July, 2pm- 4pm at The Hut, Airedale

To book a place, please email: jkhan@wakefield.gov.uk.

For more details about the project visit www.wakefieldfirst.com/the-peat-project-clld/.

The People Enabling Area Transformation (PEAT) project is a Community Led Local Development programme.

The funding comes from the European Union's European Structural and Investment Funds and is administered by Wakefield Council, on behalf of the PEAT Local Action Group.