Funding to Provide Learning Opportunities for Disadvantaged Communities

Manchester City Council’s and Manchester Adult Education Service’s (MAES) priority is to increase employment of key groups of residents in the most deprived wards of the city, particularly those residents in receipt of out of work benefits.

Community Learning funding comes from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and is subcontracted by MAES to support projects and ways of working that can provide people with their ‘first step’ into learning, increased confidence and motivation, and ability to access further learning opportunities.

The main purpose of the Community Learning fund is to reach disadvantaged communities and individuals, to enable them to participate in learning and to progress towards further learning and/or sustainable employment.

It is recognised that the community and voluntary sector can provide some of the most innovative ways of providing learning opportunities to groups that have traditionally been hard to engage, and are therefore invited to submit an Expression of Interest form by 8th May 2017 as the first the application process.

You can access the Expression of Interest Form via smartsurvey in the link below, which is also contained in the PDF Funding Guidance attached.

Anyone interested in applying for this funding is welcome to attend a meeting on Tuesday 25th April, 9.30am – 12.00 noon at The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS. No need to book a place, just turn up on the day.



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