LIFT: Local Investment in Future Talent

LIFT, a skills and employability grant scheme for rural Norfolk and North Suffolk

Welcome to the LIFT funding programme website.

We fund strong and innovative skills and employability projects in the Norfolk and North Suffolk area.

LIFT is a three strand supportive grant programme for rural areas. It will invest in locally-based skills and employability support projects including:

  • LIFT Jobs: schemes for local unemployed or economically inactive people
  • LIFT Trials: support for local businesses to offer work trials
  • LIFT Skills: support for employed people to gain skills to progress at work

UPDATE LIFT IS CURRENTLY ONLY ACCEPTING NEW APPLICATIONS FOR LIFT SKILLS GRANTS ( for projects that enable rural businesses and third sector organisations to train and upskill their employees)

LIFT is primarily aimed at smaller organisations based in Norfolk and North Suffolk and will enable them to be highly responsive to localised needs at market town or even village level.

LIFT is funded by the European Social Fund. It is administered by Norfolk County Council and the Norfolk and North Suffolk Local Action Groups award the grants - local people funding local projects. South Norfolk and Broadland District Councils are delivery partners and can offer match funding to projects in their district areas.

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