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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.

Autumn 2020 Round
Applications for this round closed on Monday 2nd November at 3pm. All applicants will be notified by 20th January 2021 the outcome of their application.  

If you missed the opportunity to apply for this round, you can apply in the future rounds. A date for this has not yet been set. If you haven’t already, complete the expression of interest form to be notified of upcoming rounds.

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