Community Education Fund 

Status: Open to applications
Deadline: 22nd, June 2018


The Community Education Fund provides funding for specific projects or courses that focus on widening participation in education for adults aged 19+ and families living in West Berkshire. The fund supports the Community Learning and Skills Strategy: Learning for Life 2015 -2019.
In addition funding may be available to support young unemployed adults aged between 16-24 years to access employment.


Maximum Value: £ 10,000

Value Notes

Average Grant for non-accredited learning is around £2,500

Extended Description

The Community Learning team is pleased to announce that the Community Education Fund is now open for funding applications to support education based projects in the 2018/19 academic year. The fund focuses on developing opportunities for adults (19+) and families in West Berkshire with specific emphasis on:  
  • Re-connecting with learning
  • Gaining new skills and qualifications
  • Improving health and wellbeing
  • Developing employment opportunities
  • Supporting families to develop their children’s learning and development. 
  • Developing local communities 
Funding is also available to support young unemployed adults aged between 16-24 years to access employment. 
Funding is available for projects working with any of the following key priority groups:
  • Adults with disabilities and learning difficulties
  • Vulnerable older adults
  • Adults who are unemployed or under employed
  • Adults with no qualifications or low levels of skills
  • Adults with mental health issues
  • Parents/families who need help to support children’s learning and development
  • Ex- offenders and probation clients
  • Adults with or recovering from drug or alcohol dependency
  • Adults suffering from domestic abuse
  • Carers of vulnerable adults/children
Funding can be awarded under the following strands:
  • Adult Education (non-accredited)
    • Government funded Adult Education includes non-accredited learning (formerly called Community Learning) which is designed to help adults (19+) gain a new skill, improve health and wellbeing, reconnect with learning, gain employment, prepare for progression to formal courses or learn how to support their children’s learning and development.
  • Adult Education (accredited)
    • Government funded Adult Education includes provision which is accredited and where the qualifications are part of a regulated framework approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, for learners aged 19+. Applications are invited to deliver qualifications which support learners without level 2 qualifications, learners without GCSE English or Maths at grades A*to C or for learners who are unemployed and on active benefits.

All projects must be delivered and evaluated by 31st July 2019

Eligible Expenditure

Any organisation that provides a community service in West Berkshire aimed at any of the key priority groups
outlined above. This includes community and voluntary groups, colleges, academies and schools.

Application Proceedure

The application must include a description of the project and the intended outcomes, how you have identified
the need for the course, details of priority groups you will work with, how you will record their progress and
achievement, opportunities for progression after the course has finished, timing and total estimate costs. You
also need to identify a Project Manager who will monitor the project throughout each stage and be the main
contact with the Community Learning Team. See the bid guidance notes for more information.
What do the panel look for when evaluating the bids?
The Community Education Fund panel will score the bids based on the following criteria:
  • Project Overview and Priority Groups
  • Identifying local need and working in partnership
  • Delivery Plan
  • Delivering Personalised Learning
  • Staff qualifications and experience
  • Value for Money

the Community Learning Team can support you throughout the bid process. Please contact them on 01635 519060 or email