Update in light of COVID-19: Groundwork is in contact with funders in relation to making reasonable adjustments for applicants/grantees where possible. We will provide updates as we get them and advise organisations to deliver in line with government guidelines. If you have any queries please do get in touch with our team on communitytraininggrants@groundwork.org.uk

Groundwork London are administering Community Training Grants in the London North and East areas of the LEAP (London Economic and Action Partnership) funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund. 

Applications for the London North and East LEP are open . The deadline for this round of funding is 10 am, Friday 21st January 2022.

About ESFA Community Training Grants

Community Training grants between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for projects supporting people who are unemployed or economically inactive, move closer towards employment, education or training.

We fund a range of innovative projects which help prepare participants for work by providing opportunities to learn and upskill in anything from industry-specific training to developing soft-skills. Participants must be over 16 years or age and eligible to work in the UK.

Watch our video to see some of the projects we’ve funded:

  • Applicants must be either third sector organisations or small organisations (less than 49 employees).
  • Your organisation must have an annual turnover of less than €10 million Euros, please see currency convertor.
  • Participants must be over 16 years of age and eligible to work in the UK.


Deadlines for ESGA Community Training Grants have been extended to Friday 21st January 2022.

Funding is now available for the London LEP. Make sure to attend our upcoming Application Workshop on Monday 10th January 2021 at 2pm – 4:30pm. We will be talking about the application process, what the funders are looking for, their projects and how to make your bids or Expression of Interest as strong as possible. Register below.

By signing up to the mailing list we will keep you updated on the progress of Community Training Grants in this area. The pre-panel review deadline has been extended to  Friday 14th January, with the closing date now falling on Friday 21st January 2022.

Application Workshop

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We also have a recording of one of our previous sessions available to watch in your own time. You may access this training using the link below.

Recorded Training

Please note we are expecting competition to increase as the programme continues, so we recommend applying as soon as possible.

  • Our easy to use online application portal has been updated based on feedback from previous grantees to better support applicants with their application.
  • We’ve update the payout structure to include 40% on award of your grant, an additional 40% during delivery of project and 20% on completion.

Community Training Grants in London North & East

We want to reach Londoners, because the capital has the highest proportion of people in poverty of any UK region, which is exacerbated by high costs of living. There is also persistent gender, race and disability pay gaps; and a high number of Londoners without basic skills in literacy, English language, numeracy and digital skills.

London North & East areas of the LEAP includes the following boroughs:

  • Barking & Dagenham
  • Bexley
  • Bromley
  • Enfield
  • Greenwich
  • Havering
  • Newham
  • Redbridge
  • Waltham Forest

If you deliver in (Barnet, Brent, Camden, City of London, Ealing, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster) please contact Paddington Development Trust.

If you deliver in (Croydon, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Merton, Richmond-Upon-Thames or Sutton), please contact London Learning Consortium on 0208 774 4040 and ask for the Contracts and Compliance Manager.

Guidance on how to apply

Before beginning your application, we suggest that you read through the guidance documents provided below. These documents are designed to help you put together a strong application, and to ensure that your organisation and project meets the eligibility criteria. You can then complete the Expression of Interest form below to start your application with us and get further support.

The prospectus provides a comprehensive overview of the scheme:

ESFA Prospectus

The application questions allows you to read through the questions before applying. Please note, you cannot use this document to apply:

Application Questions

If you have any additional questions please check our FAQs:

Application FAQs

You can start your application by completing the below Expression of Interest  and the team will get back to you to offer support and guidance to help you submit your application.

Expression of Interest

If you’re ready to submit your application, complete the form below.

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About the Funders

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is accountable for funding education and skills for children, young people and adults.

The European Social Fund (ESF) invests in opportunities across the European Union, with a focus on improving employment and education.

ESFA and ESF are co-financing Community Training Grants to offer skills, training and employment opportunities for individuals who are unemployed or economically inactive. ESFA in London is managed by the Greater London Authority who acts as the Intermediate Body for ESFA under the strategic direction of the Mayor and the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP).

For more information contact communitytraininggrants@groundwork.org.uk – 020 7239 1390.

Case Studies

One Place Creative

One Place Creative

Raising awareness of employment opportunities in creative industries for disabled people.