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CPCA/ Adult Learners/ Deadline Extended 8 March 2024

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).

Fund criteria

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).

Thomas Wall Trust / Disadvantaged adults/ 29 April 2024

Grants available:  up to £ 5,000

District: UK

Application closes: 29 April 2024 for assessment at the July 2024 meeting.

Who is the funding for local voluntary and community groups



The Thomas Wall Trust believes that communication skills are critical capabilities for people who want to improve their employment prospects, self-confidence, resilience, and life chances.

The Trust recognises that communication is underpinned by a set of key features and skills such as empathy, listening, emotional intelligence, confidence, and clarity, amongst others.

They are an inclusive charity, welcoming proposals which target people experiencing multiple deprivation or other groups demonstrably facing major hurdles to employment, especially; women, people with physical, mental, or learning disabilities and refugees.

Objectives of Fund

The Trust offers grants up to £5,000 for specific projects rather than general organisational costs* that improve communication skills for disadvantaged adults and support NEET people into employment. Beneficiaries must gain at least one accredited vocational qualification during delivery

Who can apply:

  • A UK charity that has been registered with the Charity Commission for at least 3 years
  • A project or running costs for a charity that equips disadvantaged people (aged 18 and over) with the necessary communication skills ready for employment
  • Annual repeat funding for up to 3 years – subject to satisfactory annual reviews of progress and impact
  • The charity’s annual turnover is between £25,000 and £500,000. 
  • Successful outcomes need to be evidenced.
  • Delivery must be based on an already proven successful model.
  • The project is operating in partnership with other local organisations.

We prioritise:

  • Match funded projects
  • Self-sustainable projects, to become less reliant on grants in the future

The next deadline to submit a first-stage application is 29 April 2024 for assessment at the July 2024 meeting. 

There is a two-stage application process.

  • Stage one is to complete an online Expression of Interest form (available on the Trust’s website) which requires some basic contact details and a description of what the funding is required for.
  • Stage two is by invitation only and involves completing a more in-depth application form and submitting a Project Plan, budget, the latest set of financial accounts and any relevant policies.