Up to £30K for community learning projects for 2023/24

If you run a charity or organisation that provides community education and learning to Somerset residents aged 19+, and would like funding to achieve your vision, we want to hear from you!* Our Community Learning Partnership Fund makes a difference and you can apply from Friday 26 May!

Community Learning Partnership

Our Community Learning Team supports programmes which maximise access to community learning across Somerset. We’re passionately committed to widening participation in learning across the county and, via funding provided by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), up to £30,000 per project is available to organisations in Somerset. If you’re an organisation involved in community learning and would benefit from further funding, why not apply to The Stronger Communities Fund?

The Stronger Communities Fund welcomes applications from community groups or organisations that support people of different ages and backgrounds to acquire a new skill, re-connect with learning to improve health & wellbeing and prepare for progression to vocational courses to support entry into the workplace or further learning.

Sara Hodges, Community Learning manager at SS&L, says,

It’s a privilege to be able to fund the delivery of a diverse range of community learning projects across the county, all wishing to support the community’s needs. The Community Learning Fund and the amazing projects involved, truly contribute to changing lives through learning. The learning and education delivered by these projects engages people who might otherwise not be able to access learning via more conventional means, offering genuine social value to our communities across Somerset. Since September 2022 we’ve been able to fund and support over 4000 learners.”

Social value

We’re able to estimate a social value saving of approximately £214,000 due to those learners engaged in learning activities. We believe this gives a great insight into the wider impact of the fantastic work delivered to communities in Somerset.

How to apply

If you’re interested in applying for funding, please contact SS&L community learning team via email at clpadmin@sslcic.co.uk for information. Applications close on Monday 26 June 2023. We look forward to hearing from you!

SS&L is a leading adult education and apprenticeship training provider in Somerset, with five centres across the county.

* Projects based in Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) and North Somerset are not eligible.