Time is running out for community and voluntary groups in Sandwell and Dudley to take advantage of a cash incentive to help people improve their chances of getting work.
The Global Grants scheme, spearheaded by the Black Country Knowledge Society programme still has £112,000 available until February 24.
Backing for the project was secured through the European Social Fund, Black Country Learning & Skills Council, Sandwell and Dudley councils and other local authorities.
Grants are only awarded to community and voluntary groups, not individuals, and are available for up to a maximum of £10,000 to support projects which give people of all ages the skills and the confidence to gain employment. The grants must be spent before the end of 2006.
The scheme is particularly aimed at those who face the greatest difficulty in entering the labour market, and is designed to assist groups which do not have the experience or capacity to access mainstream funding.
Global Grants project manager Jenny Brogden said: "We particularly welcome applications from groups for projects that are innovative or unusual, providing they meet all the criteria.
"Unlike many grant schemes, Global Grants does not require any 'match' funding, so it can be used to fund 100 per cent of the cost of a project. Our role is to provide the right support to help those who face barriers in getting back into work."