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EQUIP Community Grants

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for third sector organisations and SMEs – those with 49 (FTE) or fewer staff -  who carry out employment and skills work. The funding has been made available by the ESFA under their Community Grants Scheme.
In Central and West London* the allocation of grants is being managed by Paddington Development Trust (PDT). PDT is calling this programme EQUIP since its goal is to equip small organisations who in turn can equip local residents with skills and jobs advice. The money will be granted to those organisations who support 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; skills training and jobs brokerage.
The funding is particularly targeted towards organisations that can help those groups furthest from the labour market including older people, carers, parents, some BAME groups, the homeless, refugees, young people and ex-offenders.
If you would like to add the name of your organisation to a list of people to be contacted when the next round of applications is open, please fill in the simple form which can be found at: www.pdt.org.uk/community-grants
The next applications will be called for on September 17th 2019.  A briefing day for potential applicants will be held on 10th September 2019. Please follow the link here for further information and updates. 
*Central London comprises the boroughs of: Camden, City, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster

*West London comprises the boroughs of: Brent, Barnet, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow.

Education & Skills Funding Agency