Bids invited for Adult Community Learning grants

Published: 26 May 2023


Voluntary and community organisations providing education and learning opportunities for adults on the Island can now bid for grant funding of up to £25,000.

The Isle of Wight Council’s Adult Community Learning Service has published a new prospectus for 2023/24 detailing the scheme.

Bids are invited from any enterprise that will use funding to deliver services that widen access to adult learning opportunities.

The service provides opportunities that engage adults in learning, with a focus on those who have benefited least from the formal education system.

The council requires the grant funding to deliver outcomes including:

  • helping people who are disadvantaged and least likely to participate in learning;
  • improving the gaining of skills. These skills must prepare people for further education, training or employment. This may include achievement of qualifications;
  • developing stronger communities by promoting cultural diversity, equality of opportunity, volunteering and involvement in local decision making;
  • delivering a range of universal and targeted family learning courses and workshops supporting an early intervention and prevention model by developing resilience within families;
  • supporting early intervention and prevention through a range of innovative programmes to support Multiply, a government-funded numeracy project. Multiply will help adults understand and use maths in daily life, at home and in work.

To obtain a copy and an application pack, please contact Rob Brindley in the Adult Community Learning Service. He can be contacted by:

  • emailing; 
  • calling 01983 817280.

Once organisations have read through the prospectus, they are encouraged to contact Rob and discuss their ideas.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 3pm, on Friday 30 June 2023.