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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
  • 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.

Autumn 2020 Round
The next round of EQUIP funding is in preparation now and will be open on Wednesday 7th October 2020 at 9am and close on Monday 2nd November 2020 at 3pm. 
Please make sure you/your organisation is signed up onto our Expression of Interest Form to make sure you are included in any updates. 

Pre-Application: Briefing

The EQUIP Team will be hosting a briefing session via Zoom on Tuesday 6th October 2020 at 10.30am. The session aims to cover;

  • How to fill in the application form effectively
  • Understand the types of projects we’re looking for
  • The application processes

There will be a Q=A session at the end. The zoom session will be recorded for those who are unable to join.
To register for the session you can do so on this link for eventbrite.
All details and announcements regarding the Autumn 2020 round will be on this page. To receive email notifications, please fill in the Expression of Interest Form if you haven’t already done so.

We are preparing a frequently asked questions document that covers a variety of questions which will be regularly updated with common questions. If you wish to submit a question, please do so here, and we will aim to respond to you within 2-4 working days.

A full list of Successful EQUIP Grant Recipients can be found here (document of organisations)

EQUIP Appeals Procedure

A Fighting Chance

The Fighting Chance is typical of the kinds of small organisations that are helping people

EQUIP Community Grants