Following £1 million invested in the initial Opportunity Areas as part of The Careers & Enterprise Fund 2016, we will target another £1 million in the Government’s new Opportunity Areas this year.

The areas, identified by the Social Mobility Index, are:

  • Bradford
  • Doncaster
  • Fenland & East Cambridgeshire
  • Hastings
  • Ipswich
  • Stoke-on-Trent

Funding will be invested in programmes that can demonstrate their effectiveness in working with the young people in greatest need of support. This funding will give young people in school or college in the Opportunity Areas a chance to access encounters with an employer.

We will continue with the rate card approach, giving schools and colleges the power to choose services that will work best in their community and address gaps in their careers and enterprise activity. Our fund prospectus explains this process in more detail.


Application process


12 January 2018 Shortlist announced, applicants are interviewed and provide further information
2 March 2018 Successful applications are announced


Applications to the fund


To be eligible for the fund, programmes must target young people in one of the Opportunity Areas. Funding must be used to support young people in years 7-13 at school or college.

Your programme must have an established record of impact and you must be able to start delivery in an opportunity in the 2017/18 academic year. Our prospectus (section 3.2) has the full list of eligibility criteria.

Additional information

Our prospectus details the application process and eligbility criteria. Local priority information has been made available for each of the Opportunity Areas, along with an application guidance video to help with the process.

Download prospectus

Opportunity Areas local priority information

Application guidance video

Contact us

Applicants can ask us questions by contacting the team at