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Community Grants

Equip Community Grants

This project is fully funded by the European Social Fund

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
  • City of London
  • Lewisham
  • Hackney
  • Southwark
  • Haringey
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Islington
  • Wandsworth
  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Westminster
  • 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 020 7230 1390 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.

Spring 2022 Round

Applications for this round are now closed. 

All applicants will be notified by 13thJuly 2022 the outcome of their application. 

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