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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.


Applications for Swindon and Wiltshire are currently closed.

Community Training Grants in Swindon and Wiltshire

With 25% of the population of Swindon & Wiltshire living in villages of less than 1,000 people, there is are greater disadvantages for communities accessing work due to remoteness, lack of services, and poor visibility by social support networks. Through the Community Training Grants we hope that more people can be able to move closer to the workplace throughout rural locations, the market towns, as well as the urban centres.

Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) includes the following local authorities:

  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Wiltshire Council

How to apply

Applications for Swindon and Wiltshire are currently closed.

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 Questions

Start your online application:

Apply for a Grant

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.