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Groundwork London are administering Community Training Grants in the London North and East 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 administering Training Grants in DorsetSwindon 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.


Eligibility

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, 16th December 2019. However, if you submit your application by the 9th 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 London North & East

London North & East ares of the LEAP includes the following boroughs:

  • Barking & Dagenham
  • Bexley
  • Bromley
  • Enfield
  • Greenwich
  • Havering
  • Newham
  • Redbridge
  • Waltham Forest

If you deliver in (Barnet, Brent, Camden, City of London, Ealing, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster) please contact Paddington Development Trust .

If you deliver in (Croydon, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Merton, Richmond-Upon-Thames or Sutton), please contact London Learning Consortiumon 0208 774 4040 and ask for the Contracts and Compliance Manager.


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 London

London has the highest proportion of people in poverty of any UK region, which is exacerbated by the high costs of living. There is also continued and persistent gender, race and disability pay gaps; and a high number of Londoners without basic skills in literacy, English language, numeracy and digital skills.


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. ESFA in London is managed by the Greater London Authority who acts as the Intermediate Body for ESFA under the strategic direction of the Mayor and the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP).

For more information contact communitytraininggrants@groundwork.org.uk – 020 7239 1390.