Welcome to the PEAT Project

What is the PEAT Project?

The People Enabling Area Transformation (PEAT) Project is a Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Programme that is part financed by European Structural and Investment Funds – specifically European Social Fund (ESF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 

CLLD programmes are driven by local needs, helping support people to tackle their barriers to work, mobilising resources at a local level in a bid to overcome barriers to growth and employment. The main result is getting more participants into sustainable employment or self-employment, education, training or actively engaged in job search.

A Local Action Group composed of stakeholders from the Wakefield CLLD priority areas oversees the vision for the PEAT Project, with support coming from the PEAT Project Team. 

A total of £2.632m of funding is available to invest in projects, subject to eligibility criteria being met.  Please note that this is a match funded project.  Prospective applicants are advised that for all ESF funded projects, 50% match funding is required by the applicant, and for all ERDF funded projects, 40% match funding is required.  For more information, please contact the PEAT Project Team. 

What We Do

The Programme runs from 2018-2022, and has funding available to invest in projects that meet the 5 objectives laid out in the Local Development Strategy;

Objective 1: Business Support and Workforce Development (supporting creation of new and development of existing businesses, with focus on workforce development, leading to more economic activity in the area).

Objective 2: Connecting by Removing Barriers (connecting residents, businesses and communities to local/regional/national opportunities by removing barriers e.g. information failure or poor transport links). 

Objective 3: Hard to Reach Engagement (engaging with hard to reach individuals and motivating them through provision of creative solutions to education and skills, supporting progress towards employment).

Objective 4: Developing Third Sector Capacity (building on local community assets and resources through programme of activity to support the third sector to become more enterprising and sustainable).

Objective 5: Innovative Solutions Fund (to take advantage of different ideas/concepts through a test and learn principle, allowing the LAG to be reactive to changing needs, as the project will be delivered over 5 years).

Areas Covered

The PEAT Project focuses on the following 6 neighbourhoods within the Wakefield Districts eligible CLLD areas;

Wakefield Five Towns – specifically Airedale, Castleford and Ferrybridge

South East Coalfield Area – Specifically Kinsley & Fitzwilliam; Havercroft & Ryhill, Hemsworth; South Elmsall & South Kirkby

More detailed information on the eligible areas can be found in the interactive map, below.

Apply for Funding

Applications for funding are now open, and applicants are invited to submit outline applications for projects under Objective 1 of the PEAT Project.  Prospective applicants are advised to download and review a copy of the Objective 1 Call specification, and contact a member of the PEAT Project Team to discuss their idea, prior submitting.  All applications are to be submitted directly to the PEAT Project Team for consideration by the Local Action Group (LAG).  All applicants successful at the outline application stage will be notified of the outcome, and successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application.  Please note, an invitation to submit a full application does not constitute an offer of grant funding by the LAG. 

Information on funding for other Objectives will be made available at a later date, and to keep up to date on information about future funding calls, please contact a member of the PEAT Project Team.

Useful Downloads

Objective 1 Call Spec

Objective 1 Call Spec Summary

Outline Application Form

Outline Application Guidance

PEAT Project Eligibility

PEAT Project Summary of LDS Objectives   

CLLD Postcode Checker  - a useful tool to check whether the area you are looking to deliver in falls within the CLLD area.

Interactive Map of the CLLD Area. 

PEAT Project Local Development Strategy - The guidance document that forms the framework for the PEAT Project.


PEAT Project Team

Liz West - CLLD Programme Manager - lizwest@wakefield.gov.uk

Will Hemingway - Grants & Compliance Officer - whemingway@wakefield.gov.uk

Javed Khan - Community Animation Officer - jkhan@wakefield.gov.uk

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