London Learning Consortium

South East LEP


European Social Fund – Community Grants Contract – South East LEP

The South East LEP (SELEP) has agreed on a five-year skills strategy to be available at accompanied by an evidence base. The Managing Agent’s delivery of the Services must be consistent with the ambition and priority this set out at this link: As set out in the Skills Strategy, SELEP is committed to building an economy which provides opportunities for all and delivers inclusive growth.

Evidence is clear that access to a long-term job is fundamental to many barriers faced by individuals including mental health, homelessness, ex-offenders and people with Disabilities. SELEP believes that Small Organisations play a crucial role in supporting individuals and in having a local presence and network essential for providing support.

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

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

  • Essex
  • Southend
  • Thurrock
  • Kent
  • Medway
  • East Sussex

The LLC Community Grants Strategy for South East LEP is available to download below:


Applications are now closed as we have fully allocated the Grants.

Find the list of successful ESF Community Grants recipients here.

Contact Us:

To find out more and to discuss your Application, please contact us via the following details:
Tel: 0208 774 4040

Hear from Zaia Merabet, Contracts and Audit Manager of London Learning Consortium below talking about the South East LEP (SELEP) programme.

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 results 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.

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