Groundwork London and Groundwork South are administering Community Training Grants in the Dorset 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 LondonSwindon and Wiltshire 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.

The deadline for your application to be considered in our fourth round of decision meetings is 9am, 9th December 2019. However, if you submit your application by the 2nd December, we will be able to provide you with feedback on your application with enough time to make amendments before the deadline.

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

The Community Training Grants aim to support individuals through a range of formal and informal training opportunities, which includes both tangible skills as well as softer outcomes, such as confidence and anger management etc.

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:

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 Dorset

Whilst Dorset has low unemployment rates, there are still communities and groups who are far from the labour market. In the rural parts of the LEP area there are difficulties with access to employment and training as a result of the low population density. With the urban areas within Dorset, such as Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch there are hard to reach communities with residents who may be second or even third generation unemployed, and so face challenges in order to engage with training and jobs.

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 out of education.

For more information contact – 020 7239 1390.