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 is administering Community Training Grants in the Dorset 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 processing Expression’s of Interest for potential Community Training Grants in London North and East and Thames Valley Berkshire.

Applications for the Dorset 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.

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.

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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If you have any queries or questions about your application, please do get in touch with the grants team on communitytraininggrants@groundwork.org.uk or call 020 7239 1390

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 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

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.

Apply Now

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 communitytraininggrants@groundwork.org.uk – 020 7239 1390.

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