GROUPS could net £1,000 worth of European money to fund education projects.
Organisations that enc- ourage hard to reach adults to learn, such as the unemployed and people from ethnic minority groups, are eligible for the grants.
The money, from the European Social Fund, will be distributed by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education.
Judges will be looking for projects with creative flair and the potential to be copied in other parts of the UK. At least 55% of the cost of the project must be raised by the groups.
The institute's publicity co-ordinator, Sica Martinez, said: "One of the aims of the European Social Fund is to help people who need additional support to enter jobs, improve their skills and develop their potential at work.
"These grants can provide some support to organisations who creat- ively help some of the most excluded people in society achieve those aims."
To apply for a grant, call 0161 204 4200. Applications must be received by February 13, 2005.