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19 July 2016

Applications open for Careers and Enterprise £12m Mentoring Fund

Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) published research into mentoring yesterday, ‘Mapping Disengagement: Exploring young people’s engagement with school’ and ‘Effective Employer mentoring: Lessons from the evidence’. Alongside this they also launched £12m funding pot for mentoring organisations.

For more information about Careers and Enterprise Mentoring scheme visit their website.

What our funding is for

CEC is pleased to be able to provide funding for organisations to support additional mentoring activity.

CEC are looking for committed partners with strong records of delivery who are:

  • Passionate about expanding existing successful mentoring delivery into new areas, and/or reaching more students in their current areas.
  • Using a delivery model that aligns to our best-practice criteria.
  • Focused on delivering to our target groups.
  • Focused on achieving our target outcomes and have a track record of doing so.
  • Able to achieve greater scale through the strength of their relationships and possible match funding.

Where we will fund activity

CEC will fund activity across England in each Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area. Successful organisations will be expected to coordinate provision closely with the LEP and the Enterprise Coordinators funded by The Careers & Enterprise Company. Organisations are requested to identify in their Proposal the LEPs that they are bidding for.



Applying for funding

We are delighted that you are considering applying for funding to support your mentoring activity. Our funding will be based on the principles set out in Chapter 2. This section sets out the purpose of our funding, what we will fund, and how to apply for funding.

Where a LEP has provided a statement of mentoring priorities in its area, it will be available on our website from 25th July 2016. Organisations are invited to bid for funds by LEP area. However, programmes do not need to be delivered LEP-wide. Projects may cover just a part of one LEP, or multiple LEPs. Organisations are encouraged to deliver in as many LEP areas as they are able to, but are reminded that only one application per organisation is required.

The application forms have been designed to allow for delivery in multiple LEP areas.

Contracts will be awarded for a period of 23 months, from 7 November 2016 to 30 September 2018.

Submission of proposal

Applicants have to register their interest in applying in order to download the application forms from our website.

Applicants should submit a Proposal following the procedure set out in Section 4.2 by 19 August 2016.

Applicants are advised to carefully read all chapters of this Prospectus and its Appendices before submitting their application.

All applications must be submitted via our website. Only those submitted online will be accepted. Applicants who have trouble uploading their form can email us at


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