Groundwork London are administering Community Training Grants in areas of London North and East 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 Dorset, Swindon 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.

Community Training Grants in London North & East

The Community Training Grant aims to support those furthest from the labour market, targeting the economically inactive.

London North & East includes the following boroughs:

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

If you do not plan to deliver your project in one of the boroughs above, but are interested in Community Training Grants in London, please see below links:

  • 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 Consortium on 0208 774 4040 and ask for the Contracts and Compliance Manager.

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 London North and East

Many Londoners do not have access to the opportunities that this global capital city provides. London still has above average unemployment rates; the highest proportion of people in poverty of any UK region exacerbated by the high costs of living; high numbers of Londoners are in low pay, with little chance to progress to better-paid, more secure work; there is 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 out of education. 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).

If you have any questions about the grants, please email or call on 020 7239 1390.