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Community Grants

Equip Community Grants

Funded by the ESFA and ESF 2014-2020 programme.

New grants are available for small organisations that offer employment and skills programmes. The awards have been funded by the ESFA under the Community Grants Scheme.

In Central and West London the allocation of grants is managed by Paddington Development Trust (PDT). The money is for organisations that help unemployed people, be they on JSA or economically inactive, to get into, or to move towards, employment. This may be through good advice and guidance; outreach work; improving basic and digital skills; removing barriers; supporting work placements; improving confidence and motivation or helping people access skills training and jobs brokerage.

The grant programme in West and Central London is called EQUIP since its goal is to equip third sector, not-for-profit, organisations (any size) or smaller organisations (those with under 49 FTE staff) which often struggle to find funds to build capacity and through them to equip local disadvantaged people with new skills and job opportunities.

Applicable Boroughs

Boroughs where the project will be delivered

Central London

  • Camden
  • Lambeth
  • City of London
  • Lewisham
  • Hackney
  • Southwark
  • Haringey
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Islington
  • Wandsworth
  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Westminster

West London

  • Barnet
  • Harrow
  • Brent
  • Hillingdon
  • Ealing
  • Hounslow
  • Hammersmith & Fulham

Is your Borough not listed above?

  • If you deliver in Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge or Waltham Forest, please contact Groundwork on 02072301390 or communitytraininggrants@groundwork.org.uk
  • 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.

Grant Size

Grants are a minimum of £5,000 and a maximum of £20,000.

Next Round

Applications are now closed and will open again on ? . 

Please register your interest below and we will let you know when the next round opens.

Expression of Interest Form

EQUIP Appeals Procedure

Successful EQUIP Grant Recipients