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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 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.


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

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 link to currency convertor).

The deadline for your application to be considered in our third round of decision meetings is 9am, 16th October 2019. However, if you submit your application by the 2nd October, 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.

Read our Guidance for Applying

Read our Application Questions

Please Note: The above link is just a list of the Application Questions. You need to apply using the ‘Apply for a Grant’ link below. If you insert answers into the Application Questions and submit by email, we will not be able to process your application.

Please use the link below to start your online application by completing this short eligibility checker.

Apply for a Grant

Read our application FAQs

If you would like more information on the programme please see the prospectus below.

Community Training Grants Prospectus


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 population lives in villages of less than 1,000 people. Unemployment is most concentrated in particular wards in Swindon. 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 out of education.

If you have any questions about the grants, please email communitytraininggrants@groundwork.org.uk or call on 020 7239 1390.