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Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities

Manchester Adult Education Service
Commissioning Body : 
Manchester City Council
Aim of Fund: 
The aim of the fund is to build the skills levels of Manchester residents while complementing and providing progression routes to further learning and employment and volunteering. There is an emphasis on creative and innovative ways of engaging non-traditional learners. The key objectives of this activity are: • To deliver a programme of community learning activities which enable adults to move towards sustained employment and active citizenship, improving employability and essential skills and/or providing opportunities for learners to become involved in the local community • To encourage Manchester residents who are workless and have low level skills to engage in learning and progress to further training opportunities, particularly targeting those who mainstream provision struggles to engage • To provide information, advice and guidance on further learning opportunities for workless residents from voluntary and community based organisations to mainstream skills and employment support services
Application Process: 
The NLDC funding comes from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and is sub contracted by MAES. As such, all contracted activity must meet the requirements of the SFA and is subject to inspection by Ofsted. Funding is done on a per person/per hour. Applications are accepted from unincorporated voluntary and community association, social enterprises and any organisation or partnership of organisations that has a suitable governance structure. A prospectus is issued and organisations are asked to make an expression of interest that outlines their proposed activities, target groups, learner numbers and funding. If successful in the first stage organisations will be asked for much greater detail and evidence of impact..
Decision Making Process: 
Decisions are made by a small panel made up of representatives from Manchester Adult Education Service, Job Centre Plus, and Manchester City Council. Applications are ranked according to a given set of criteria and then strategically moderated to ensure adequate geographical and client type coverage.
Total budget (£): 
Maximum award/grant (£): 
Minimum award/grant (£): 
10 000.00
Maximum length of award (months): 
Number of successful applicants: 
Contract or Grant: 
Last Application Date: 
Monday, 3 June 2013
Next Application Date: 
Monday, 2 June 2014
Whether next application date is predicted/actual: 


Every effort has been made to make sure that the information on this page is correct and up-to-date but things can change quickly and past funding opportunities are not necessarily a good predictor of future opportunities. Please do not rely on the information in this post alone.