Match funding for apprenticeships

The Creative Employment Programme in England has now closed for applications.

The Creative Employment Programme in England has now closed for applications. If you have any questions, please contact us.

The City Bridge Trust

The City Bridge Trust is offering match funding for charitable organisations that create apprenticeships though the Creative Employment Programme (CEP).

Recipient organisations must be based, and deliver, in Greater London.

Match funding for the Creative Employment Programme

Groups that meet certain criteria can apply for match funding when they have the £2,000 CEP funding in place – or a decision imminent.

City Bridge Trust funding:

• Will be for £2,000 per apprentice.
• Can be used only for wage costs.

Match funding criteria

Please read this criteria carefully as much of it will differ from the CEP’s requirements.

1. Organisations must have secured, or be about to secure (have already submitted an application), £2,000 funding for an apprentice under the CEP.

Please note:

  • All grants are as match funding to the CEP funding and so are dependent on that being in place.
  • City Bridge Trust funding must only be used to support the same apprentice as funded by the CEP.
  • Trust funding is available only for formal apprenticeships and not to internships or other schemes.

2. To be eligible for Trust funding, organisations must be voluntary managed and either:

  • a registered charity
  • a charitable company
  • a registered community interest company
  • a registered charitable incorporated organisation
  • an exempt or accepted charity; or
  • an industrial & provident society.

3. Organisations must be able to submit independently examined or audited accounts covering at least one full year.

4. Organisations must be based in and deliver work in Greater London (defined as comprising the 32 London Boroughs and the City) for the benefit of Londoners.

5. Organisations must have at least one full-time paid employee, both at the time of application and throughout the period of the grant.

6. Grants can only be used to cover the direct wage costs of the apprentice (as is the case with CEP funding). The apprentice must be paid at a level at least commensurate with the National Minimum Wage for all hours worked.

7. A single organisation can apply for and hold Trust funding for up to a maximum of two apprentices at any one time.

However, an organisation which holds other funding from the Trust, or intends to apply to one of our other programmes, is able to do so and at any time.

8. For consortium bids which have been successful in securing CEP funding, the Trust will fund a maximum of one apprentice per eligible organisation within that consortium.

For example, a consortium of five groups of which four were eligible under our criteria and which has secured CEP funding for eight apprentices could only apply to the Trust for funding for four apprentices – one per eligible organisation.

In these circumstances each eligible organisation will need to make a separate application to the Trust, as any grant awarded would be made to that organisation and not to the consortium.

In the event of an unsuccessful application for apprenticeship funding, an organisation cannot make a new application for these funds until at least 12 months after the original application was submitted and until such time as the scheme closes.

9. City Bridge Trust funding cannot be used to support non-wage costs, nor an apprentice who is paid less than the full National Minimum Wage rate.

How to apply

Organisations must submit an online application to the Trust using its Arts Apprenticeships form.

Please do not apply using the City Bridge Trust’s main Investing in Londoners form.

They hope to give you a decision within a maximum of four to six weeks.