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The Learning in Communities Fund 2017/18

30 October 2017

This Fund is designed to support community based (often informal) learning delivered by VCS and other third sector and not for profit organisations. This funding supports organisations to develop their capacity to deliver learning opportunities to individuals from  disadvantaged and deprived communities.
Individual projects up to a maximum of £15,000 each can be applied for.
What are the Criteria?
To be eligible for funding all projects must:
  • clearly demonstrate that they deliver learning.
  • demonstrate that the delivery of the learning is innovative, adds value and is different from your everyday activity. Activity must not be available to learners through mainstream funding.
  • target the engagement of hard to reach and disadvantaged groups of adult learners from deprived communities and those least likely to participate in mainstream learning including but not limited to: Black and minority ethnic groups, carers, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, older learners, people experiencing mental health difficulties, people with learning disabilities, people with long term illness / chronic conditions, people with physical disabilities, vulnerably housed / homeless people, people on low income, and those with qualifications below level 2. Activity should widen participation and promote the development of skills through learning.

Further information can be found in the prospectus and the application form.

The deadline for submitting an application is 12pm, Monday 20th November.
2 briefing sessions are being held here at the Learning Partnership offices where we will run through the Prospectus and application process and provide an opportunity to ask any questions. These sessions will be held on:
  • Tuesday 31st October 2017: 10.00-11.00 AM
  • Wednesday 1st November 2017: 14.00-15.00 PM 
Location:  The Learning Partnership, 1 Sunbeam Rd, Kempston, MK42 7BZ
To book your place on one of the sessions please call Nick Bray on 01234 851154 or email:
Places will be limited and allocated on a first come first served basis - no more than 2 people per organisation please.


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Due to a technical hitch with the nomination process, Central Bedfordshire are calling for all who have made nominations to resubmit their entries.


Luton: Community Activity Network Meetings
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Volunteer Session Central Beds (Ampthill)

  • Friday 27 April 2018

To find out about volunteering locally, come along to Waitrose in Ampthill, at any time between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and speak to our advisor about the opportunities in your area. 



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