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 John Flock Bentilee Empowerment Fund 


Who is John Flock?

John Flock served as an EPIC Board member for 10 years, the majority of which as Chair.  John was passionate about EPIC and our mission of ‘Empowering People through access to Jobs, Homes and Skills.’  He relentlessly saw through his commitment to ensure that Bentilee residents had access to good quality housing, excellent services and opportunities to achieve their aspirations.  John’s life was tragically cut short in 2010 – The John Flock Bentilee Empowerment Fund has been created in John’s memory to continue the work that he started during this time with EPIC.


Who is the Fund for?

The fund is for residents or small community / voluntary groups or schools of Bentilee and Berryhill.  To apply you need to be:

Currently living in Bentilee and Berryhill (or have a permanent address in Bentilee if away at university or college) AND

Of limited financial means (this means that you will either be reiceving unemployment / disability benefits or be earning less than £15,000 per year).

For more info please see the full brochure here


What type of things will the Fund pay for?

Ready for Work:

The fund will pay up to a maximum of £200 towards activities or materials that will help you to achieve your employment or educational goals, such as:

Specific training courses (e.g. Construction Skills Certification Scheme – CSCS Card).

Driving licence plus Compulsory Basic Training for use of a moped.

A package of Driving Licence, theory test and 10 driving lessons.

Acquisition of a Bicycle to assist with getting to and from work.

Help with course books, materials, software or equipment for college or university courses. 

Self Employment:

The Fund will help with essential costs (up to a maximum of £200) for a business start up that cannot be obtained from other sources.  To apply for this strand of funding, the application would need to be endorsed by a business coach or proposed business plan.

Greening Bentilee:

This element of the Fund is primarily available for small community / voluntary groups or schools.  The funding would pay up to a maximum of £350 to be targeted towards a project that addresses blight, has a positive environmental impact or makes productive use of under utilised land.


Do I need to contribute towards the cost of the activity that I have requested funding for?

We ask that you contribute 10% of the total cost towards your funded activity to demonstrate your shared commitment towards achieving your goal. Alternatively you can volunteer for at least one day with a voluntary organisation.  Registering with the volunteer bureau at Voluntary Action means that they would source an appropriate volunteering placement if you are unable to arrange one yourself.


How do I apply?

Community Groups and Schools can apply immediately online at www.staffsfoundation.org.uk.

Application forms are available to download here:


Voluntary or Community Group or School

Application forms are also available from EPIC’s reception during normal opening hours. We receive applications any time. The Grant Panel meets approximately every other month to award the funding.

Alternatively you can speak to Lesley Tyler about your application by contacting 01782 222369 or emailing l.tyler@epichousing.co.uk