The West Dunbartonshire Employability Grant Programme aims to support unemployed people to move towards and into work and support those in low paid employment to progress.

It is an approach which recognises that to help local people to develop the skills and confidence employers are looking for we all need to work together at a local level to provide the best possible services to those who need them most utilising No One Left Behind and UK Shared Prosperity Funding to achieve this.

At this point in time £500,000 is available to commission through the competitive grant programme to enhance employability provision in West Dunbartonshire for 2024-25.

Applications must be submitted by noon on Wednesday 5th June 2024.

Delivery Timescales and Key Milestones

The first round of the West Dunbartonshire Employability Grant programme  for 2024-25 will provide funding for delivery of services from June 2024 to the 31st March 2025

West Dunbartonshire UKSPF
Milestone Date

Grant opens for applications

Monday 20th May 2024

Information session for potential applicants

Wednesday 22nd May 2024, 10am – 11.30am. 

Attendees can access the information session using the online link below:

West Dunbartonshire Employability Grant 2024-25 information session


Application deadline

Noon, Wednesday 5th June 2024

Assessment panel

w/c 10th June 2024

Application outcomes notified

w/c 17th June 2024

Award letter issued

w/c 17th June 2024

Delivery Starts

From June 2024

Delivery end

31st March 2025

Providers can make multiple applications if  they wish to provide more than one project. 

Following assessment West Dunbartonshire Council will enter into a Grant Award Agreement with successful bidders.

Third, public, private and further/higher education sector organisations are all eligible to apply.

If you are applying as a partnership, the lead partner should apply, and detail partners involved. The lead partner would be responsible for the overall management and delivery of the project including budget management and monitoring and reporting requirements.

We invite applications that complement existing service and provision in West Dunbartonshire. 

Working4U currently offer end to end Key Worker support providing tailored employability support for all ages.  Current training provision includes:

  • REHIS Food Hygiene
  • REHIS Health and Safety
  • REHIS Emergency First Aid
  • Steps to Excellence
  • Customer Service Training

We welcome bids supporting the key priority areas as detailed below and in the Data Challenges & Themes supporting document in the Grant Guidance:

  • Vulnerable Young People
  • Long-term Unemployed
  • Economically Inactive
  • Families facing Poverty
  • Individuals with Disabilities
  • Long-term Health Conditions
  • Neurodiversity
  • Care Experienced
  • Minority Ethnic Communities
  • Community Justice
  • Areas of Multiple Deprivation

We are particularly keen to receive bids around the following specialist themes/projects below however other innovative projects will be considered.

  • Community Outreach/West Dunbartonshire Employability Bus Project – Working4U have secured a bus which has been kitted out for outreach activity and the delivery of Employability services across West Dunbartonshire. We are inviting bids from partners who will coordinate and manage the use of the bus for outreach, engagement, and employability service delivery across West Dunbartonshire throughout 2024-25.
  • Parents – to support unemployed and low income employed parents move towards and into work. The following priority family groups are most at risk of experiencing poverty, however support for parents would not just be limited to these groups. 
    • Lone Parent families
    • Families with a young mother (aged under 25 years)
    • Minority ethnic families
    • Larger families (3 or more children)
    • Families where the youngest child is under 1 year
    • Families with a disabled adult or child
  • Disability/Long-term health condition – *specialist support for individuals with a disability/long-term health condition to help secure and sustain employment.
  • Long-term unemployed – *specialist support for those who are either Long-term unemployed or at risk of being long-term unemployed to help secure and sustain employment.
  • Community Justice – *specialist support for those engaging with the Community Justice Service to help secure and sustain employment.

*Specialist Employability Support is targeted at people with significant and on-going barriers to employment whose needs are not able to be met by mainstream employability support.  Typically, they will require longer-term access to services including significant aftercare and in-work support to sustain employment. Participants may include, but are not limited to, disabled people including those with severe and enduring mental ill health, in recovery from addictions or experiencing long term health conditions and who require support from Key Workers with relevant experience and training.

This guidance document and the associated grant application form outlines the West Dunbartonshire Strategic Employability Group intentions, principles and priorities to be met through the new West Dunbartonshire Employability Grant Programme supporting employability and skills provision in 2024-25.

The Grant Guidance will help inform your application.



To find out more about this round of Employability Grant Funding in West Dunbartonshire, the type of applications we are looking for and how to apply, please come along to our online Information Session on the MS Teams platform.

Date of Information Session:

Wednesday 22nd May 2024, 10am - 11.30am

Attendees can access the information session using the online link below:

West Dunbartonshire Employability Grant 2024-25 Information Session

Information session slides




The closing date for applications is NOON Wednesday 5th June 2024

Bids must be submitted using the Employability Grants Programme Application Form.

Bids must be submitted to West Dunbartonshire Council using this email address: 

Bids submitted in any other format will not be accepted.

West Dunbartonshire Council Employability Grant Award is a competitive process and West Dunbartonshire Council will not enter into discussions with bidders.

We try to ensure that all the required information is provided in the grant guidance. However, below you will find some questions that have been asked that may not be covered within the grant guidance document, with associated answers:

Question Answer
Can signatures be typed in on the application or do you require a hard signature then a scanned copy via email? Please do not submit scanned copies of applications. Completed applications should be submitted as a word document attachment to an email.Please sign your application using a digital signature.
Is there a cap on the financial award per organisation? The cap will be based on the overall funding available. 
Can an organisation bid for more than one programme? Yes, however a separate application has to be submitted for each.
We deliver services in specific geographical areas, is it ok to continue this under this funding? Yes, it is down to you to tell us what, where and how you propose to deliver your programme.
Can a programme deliver more than one cohort during the funding period? Two cohorts of the same programme can be included in the one application as long as the overall programme meets the grant delivery start/end date timescales within the grant guidance.