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. If you have any queries please do get in touch with our team on LEAPaward@groundwork.org.uk. Please try to avoid contacting us by phone, given connectivity issues of home working.
The LEAP Community Award is now CLOSED to applications

Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) aims to improve the lives of children aged 0-3 and their families in the four Lambeth wards of Coldharbour, Stockwell, Tulse Hill, and Vassall.

Groundwork London are working in partnership with LEAP to administer the LEAP Community Award.

We are looking to give the award to community-run activities for children aged 0-3 and their families. Every activity should contribute to improving young children’s diet and nutrition, social and emotional development, or communication and language development.

You can apply for an award to support a broad range of projects, from family veg growing in small outdoor spaces to joint birthday parties, performance sessions to art and craft programmes.

How much can I apply for?

Groups can apply for Community Awards anywhere between £500 and £2,000

Awards are available for each of the four Lambeth LEAP wards of:

  • Stockwell
  • Vassall
  • Coldharbour
  • Tulse Hill

Who can apply?

Parents, community groups and community members can apply if your proposed activities:

  • Are for families with children aged 0-3 that live in the LEAP wards of Stockwell, Vassall, Coldharbour and Tulse Hill. Please use this link to ensure your project delivery address is within one of the four Lambeth wards.
  • Will contribute to improving the diet and nutrition, social and emotional development, or communication and language of LEAP children aged 0-3
  • Are free for all participants
  • Will benefit at least ten LEAP children

All applications should also include plans for how activities could be continued once the award money has been used.

We welcome applications from existing groups looking to strengthen your current activities or from new groups setting up new activities. We particularly welcome applications from parents and community members living in the LEAP area.

How to apply

The LEAP Community Awards are now closed and we will no longer be accepting applications.

Step 1: Before completing your application form, we recommend that you read our Application Guidance Notes which can be found here:

Application Guidance Notes

You can also talk to your FEW (Family Engagement Worker) to learn more about the scheme, attend an application workshop, or sign up to a one-to-one project surgery.

Our next applicant workshop will take place online on Thursday, 15th October. There are multiple upcoming dates available for you to book a one-to-one project surgery.

Book application workshop

Book a one-to-one project surgery

Here are the names and contact details of Family Engagement Workers in your area:

Vassall Clare–Maple Foster

Sylvia Hylton




Tulse Hill (LEAP) Jean Ramsey JRamsey@ncb.org.uk
Coldharbour (Max Roach) Joanna Niedzielska

Shevan James



Stockwell Marta Sordyl Marta@stockwell.org.uk


Each round we will be holding group application workshops, where you can learn the basics of writing an application for the LEAP Award, as well as one-to-one project surgeries where we can brainstorm your ideas and help to formulate them into a project.

Details of application workshops to follow.

Step 2: Complete the application form:

LEAP Application Form

Step 3: Submit your application to the LEAP Community Awards Panel. The panel will be made up of representatives from LEAP, Groundwork London, and local voluntary and community sector organisations. If your application is successful, we will contact you after 6 weeks.

Deadlines for Applying

The LEAP Community Awards are now closed and we will no longer be accepting applications. 

The LEAP award is a rolling programme which means there are no deadlines and you can apply at any time. Funding is currently available until December 2020 with the programme coming to an end at the end of April 2021. The panel will meet once every quarter to review applications.

Applications opened on Monday 6th July 2020.

Please see dates below for the cut-off dates determining which of the four panels your application will be reviewed in:

  • 1st Round Cut-Off – Monday 10th August, 4pm (panel decision in the week of 14th August, project delivery must be completed by 29th November)
  • 2nd Round Cut-Off  – Monday 21st September, 4pm (panel decision in the week of 5th October, project delivery must be completed by 10th January)
  • 3rd Round Cut-Off  – Monday 2nd November, 4pm (panel decision in the week of23rd November, project delivery must be completed by 28th February)
  • 4th Round Cut-Off – Monday 21st December, 9am (panel decision in the week of 11th January, project delivery must be completed by 11th April).

After the cut-off date, it will take us around two weeks to get back to you on the panel decision.

What will happen if your application is successful?

We will contact you to offer support and guidance about getting your activities underway.

In the first instance, you will need to decide whether you need to set up a group bank account or might wish to work with a local accountable body who can help provide an account for your Award.

You will then be required to sign a Funding Agreement with Groundwork London setting out what you propose to do and when.

Once you receive the funds for your LEAP Award, you will need to complete your project within 12 weeks. We recommend splitting the twelve weeks up as 4 weeks for planning and preparation, 6 weeks for actual project delivery, and 2 weeks for reporting and wrapping up.

What will happen if your application is unsuccessful?

We will be more than happy to discuss the reasons why your application was unsuccessful and to provide advice on how to strengthen your application for next time.

Frequently Asked Questions

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