Voluntary and community organizations providing education and learning opportunities for adults on the island can now apply for a grant of up to £30,000.

The Isle of Wight Council Adult Community Learning Service has released a new prospectus for 2022/23 detailing the scheme. The service provides opportunities that engage adults in learning, with a focus on those who have benefited least from the formal education system.

All businesses that will use funds to provide services that expand access to adult learning opportunities are also invited to apply.

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The board needs grant funding to produce results, including:

  • support those who are disadvantaged and least likely to participate in learning;
  • improving the acquisition of skills that prepare people for further education, training or employment (this may include obtaining qualifications);
  • develop stronger communities by promoting cultural diversity, equal opportunities, volunteerism and participation in local decision-making.
  • a range of universal and targeted family learning courses and workshops supporting a model of early intervention and prevention by building resilience within families.
  • develop math programs to support adults in daily life, at home and at work. This is part of the government’s Multiply initiative.

The prospectus gives more information on the expectations of the municipality and can be downloaded from

Rob Brindley of the council’s Adult Community Learning Service is the commissioner for this grantmaking process and can be contacted on 01983 817280 or email. [email protected].

Once organizations have read the prospectus, they are encouraged to contact Rob and discuss their idea, and he can provide an application form.

The deadline for receipt of complete applications is Friday July 1, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

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