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
West London
Camden Lambeth Barnet Harrow
City of London Lewisham Brent Hillingdon
Hackney Southwark Ealing Hounslow
Haringey Tower Hamlets Hammersmith & Fulham
Islington Wandsworth
Kensington & Chelsea Westminster

Is your borough not listed above?

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 0207 230 1390 or [email protected]
  • 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.

Round 2

Applications are now open and will close again on 7th October 2019 at 12pm (noon/midday).

We hosted a Briefing Session on Tuesday 10th September which discussed the eligibility criteria as well as advice on how best to complete the application form. For a downloadable copy of the presentation that was used, click here. 

How to Apply

Please take a moment to look at the application form guidelines by clicking below. When you’re ready, you can access the form online. Please be sure to complete before the deadline.

For ease of administration, it is better if you fill in and submit the application online. However, if you do not have easy internet access you can fill it in and email it to: [email protected]  

Online EQUIP Application
Downloadable EQUIP Application
EQUIP Grant Application Guidance

Have a question?

Check out our list of FAQ's where we aim to tackle all common questions. This document is regularly updated so please check back to see if your question has been answered. 


Do you have a question not covered by the FAQ list? Please let us know by clicking the link below, we aim to respond to all questions within 1-2 working days. 

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Register Your Interest

Interested in applying for the grant but missed the last application deadline? Or maybe not ready to apply yet. You can fill out an expression of interest form below and we will get in touch when the next round begins.

Expression of Interest form

Successful EQUIP Grant Recipients

Organisation Name Website

Action on Disability


Action West London


Hillingdon Women's Centre


Fighting Chance


Green Corridor


New Challenge


Pathways LDN


Youth Engagement Solutions


Refugees in Effective Active partnership


Plias Resettlement


Twining Enterprise


Urban Partnership Group




Islington Refugee Forum


Middle Eastern Women and Society Organisation


Bounceback Foundation


Clement James Centre


Hackney Association Youth Club

Harrow Club


Inspiring your Imagination


Limehouse Project


Mercy Foundation


The Integrate Agency CIC


The Orchard Project