London South

ESF Community Grants

London South

European Social Fund – Community Grants Contract – London South

The ESF Community Grants are funded by the European Social Fund.

The London South (LS) Grant Applicants must deliver their activities and target residents from within any of the Local Authorities listed below: 

  • Croydon
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Merton
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • Sutton

While considering all Applications, the LS Panel will aim to allocate the rest of the Grants available to organisations that deliver projects within Sutton and Kingston, and who target ideally but not exclusively people with Disability and/or Learning Difficulties (LLDD) and who are Economically Inactive.

The LLC Community Grants Strategy 2019 is available for download here: LLC COMMUNITY GRANTS STRATEGY 2019

The London South ESF Community Grants have now been fully allocated. No future Panel is due to be scheduled. LLC will review the situation early 2022 and decide if another London South Panel needs to be organised. Please keep an eye on our website or contact Zaia Merabet for further clarifications.

Zaia Merabet, is the lead of the Community Grants Contracts. She is dedicated to supporting and guiding each Grants Applicants from the Application to the End of the Delivery. Zaia has been involved within the Voluntary and Community Sector for many years and takes this role to heart as she is committed in helping third sector or small organisations change local people’s life.

She is always available to answer Grant Recipients queries over the phone, email and via Teams/Zoom. She implements processes and activities, such as Telekits, to help ease the completion of the formalities and help Grant Recipients meet the contract requirements. She believes in a one-to-one approach, and a forward and transparent attitude towards Grant Recipients. She encourages Grant Recipients to share good practice, help each other, and be involved with the decision process as a Panel Member. All relevant documents, guidance, updates, Q&As are regularly shared with Grants Recipients via email, and easily accessible to Grant Recipients via a robust online Portal. She delivers group sessions online such as On Boarding meetings, Refresher sessions and others.

One of the result of the Intense one-to-one Support is that some current Grant Recipients who never worked on an ESF Contract before the ESF Community Grants are now applying for a second contract following their successful achievement.

We would like to invite anyone who may have an interest in the ESF Community Grants to contact Zaia via We will then arrange for a telephone or Teams Meeting where Zaia will be able to clarify any points and answer all questions. If you would like to find out more then please contact Zaia via the following details:
Tel: 0208 774 4040


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