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Groundwork London and Groundwork South are administering Community Training Grants in the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership), funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund. We are also administering ESFA Training Grants in North and East LondonDorset and Thames Valley.

About ESFA Community Training Grants

The focus of these grants will be to fund projects which support participants who are over 16 years of age, eligible to work in the UK and either unemployed or economically inactive.

Successful applicants are expected to be able to help move individuals into work, or closer to employment, by providing vocational training, advice, guidance and information.


Third sector and small organisations can apply for grants between £5,000 and £20,000. Applicants must be from either third sector organisations or small organisations (less than 49 employees), and have an annual turnover of less than €10 million Euros, please see currency convertor.

Applications are currently closed.

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

Community Training Grants in Swindon and Wiltshire

Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) is a diverse area, with remote rural landscapes interspersed by a dozen market towns with four urban centres.

Swindon and Wiltshire includes the following local authorities:

• Swindon Borough Council
• Wiltshire 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:

Community Training Grants Prospectus

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

Application Guidance Notes

If you have any additional questions please check our FAQs:

Application FAQs

The application questions allows you to read through the questions before applying. Please note, you cannot use this document to apply, but must use the ‘Apply for a Grant’ link:

Application Questions

Start your online application by completing a short eligibility checker:

Apply for a Grant

Why we want to help Swindon and Wiltshire

Whilst most of the population in Wiltshire live in urban centres or market towns, around 25% of the population lives in villages of less than 1,000 people. Whilst there are specific wards with multiple deprivation in both Swindon and Wiltshire, social exclusion and disadvantage occurs in all places, with some individuals disadvantaged through remoteness and poor access to services and poor visibility by social support services.

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.

Case Studies

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Hear Me Out

Supporting people who are deaf or hard of hearing into employment.