Grants available: £5k to £30K
District: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Application closes: DEADLINE EXTENSION – 8 March 2024
Who is the funding for local voluntary and community groups
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is offering funds to enrich the lifelong learning and skills offer for adults who are aged 19+ and residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
This six-month pilot programme offers grants between £5,000 and £30,000 to increase and broaden participation in adult learning and skills development, particularly to reduce inequalities in access to adult education. Project participants must be residents of Cambridgeshire (this includes Peterborough).
The fund will prioritise projects supporting disadvantaged residents in the most deprived wards across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and those who are furthest away from learning or employment, including:
- People living in rural areas who have additional barriers e.g., mental health, learning difficulties and disabilities, low essential skills*, travel, connectivity, isolation etc.
- Potential learners that have been missed by ‘traditional’ providers, including economically inactive residents
- Learners who need support to progress to higher levels of skills to access specific local job opportunities
*Essential Skills are literacy, numeracy, ESOL, Essential Digital Skills and work-readiness.
In addition to the above, funds can be used to support adults with no or low formal qualifications to access their entitlement to learning.
Projects should aim to achieve some or all of the following outcomes for participants:
- Improved engagement in learning and increased confidence
- Improved health and wellbeing
- Improved community connection, civic engagement and volunteering
- Attainment of formal qualifications, progression to higher levels of learning, or in-work progression
- Development of Essential Skills (literacy, numeracy, digital, work readiness)
- Achievement of ‘first step’ qualifications (as appropriate)
Projects may also demonstrate how they can build capacity and capability within the third sector to deliver adult learning and skills.
Who can apply:
- Non-profit organisations
Please note: There is a one month application window. The deadline for submission of applications is 1 March 2024. Projects must be ready to start in June 2024 and finish by 30 November 2024. There will then be a short timeframe for submission of reporting (three weeks).