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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. We are also administering Training Grants in London North and EastSwindon and Wiltshire and Thames Valley Berkshire.

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.

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.

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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.


Applications closed on Monday 22 March 2021, 9am. The next round of application will be announced in the upcoming weeks. To be notified of the next application deadline and applicant workshop dates, sign-up to our mailing list.

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We regularly offer applicant workshops which are an opportunity to learn more about the programme and ask us questions. Use the link below to sign up to our next available session.

Application Workshop

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.

Community Training Grants in Dorset

In Dorset, there are communities and groups who have difficulty accessing the labour market. In rural areas low population density means that there are difficulties with access to employment and training. Within urban areas of Dorset some residents are second and third generation unemployed, and therefore face greater barriers to accessing employment and training.

Through the Community Training Grants projects can support individuals through a range of formal and informal training which can offer vocational skills or softer skills such as building confidence or dealing with anger management.

Dorset includes the following local authorities:

  • Dorset Council
  • Bournemouth, Poole, and Christchurch Council

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.

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

The guidance notes provides a description of what we expect from your application answers:

Application Guidance Notes

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.

For more information contact – 020 7239 1390.

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