Unprecedented number of bids received by NIACE

Over 2400 bids have been submitted to the Adult and Community Learning Fund.

The fund which closed for submissions at noon on 14th June is being administered by NIACE on behalf of the Skills Funding Agency. There is £2.25 million available to be allocated to projects which use adult and community learning to help make the Big Society a reality and contribute to the Government’s aspirations for adult and community learning.

Carol Taylor, Director of Development and Research at NIACE, said "The huge response suggests that the Government's recognition of adult learning as a first and essential step to engaging people in learning for work, for social and personal reasons is right and is a route towards participation in the Big Society...This extraordinary demand for relatively small amounts of money - around a thousand more bids have been received for this fund than for the Transformation Fund, which offered almost ten times as much funding - proves that there is a real desire and need for adult learning."

The ECA has submitted two project proposals to the fund. The first in conjunction with the WEA Eastern Region and the Broads Authority focused on fostering community engagement with adult learning in an area of rural Norfolk. The second bid saw the ECA join with Norfolk organisations Easton College, Community Action Norwich and The Base to provide adult learning opportunities around mental and physical wellbeing in a disadvantaged area of Norwich.

We are sure that the response to the fund will ensure many opportunities for the provision of high quality adult and community learning and wish other applicants success with their bids.

Applicants will be notified on 22nd July 2011 as to whether they have been successful or not.

Date Added: June 17th 2011