Innovation Fund 2021

Adult Learners’ Week is an annual campaign which celebrates and promotes learning opportunities. In 2021 the campaign will run from 20 – 26 September. Adult Learners’ Week gives individuals the chance to take a step towards developing their skills; whether they want to get a better job, build confidence to access a course, pursue a special interest or do something to support their wellbeing.

This year, while we adapt and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the Adult Learners’ Week festival will promote a mix of online courses, tasters, and tutorials as well as some face-to-face community outreach events, and blended delivery if appropriate within the current restrictions.

This fund offers support for providers of adult learning to develop and deliver content for the campaign. Activity can be delivered throughout the month of September 2021.
Grants of up to £750 are available to organisations working in Wales who deliver lifelong learning. This grant fund is intended to support the creation of free bitesize tasters, learning events, outreach activity, masterclasses or podcasts and to develop content that can be adapted to an online environment.

You may also be interested in delivering online/face to face Open Days – these should be focused on learning for adults. We are also interested in family learning and particularly to support individuals or communities who have been particularly challenged over the last year.

Grants can be used to:
• Create online/face to face bite size tasters
• Deliver live online events and sessions
• Co-ordinate online/face to face open days for community based, family and adult learning opportunities
• Support creative ideas to reach more adults and families with learning opportunities or to engage with information, advice and guidance
• Enable partnership activity to reach new audiences, test news ways of working or find new ways of promoting/delivering opportunities to reach those who need most support
• Build more blended learning activity and support innovation in distance learning strategies
• Focus on mental health and wellbeing by creating more opportunities for informal learning opportunities
• Enhance inclusion by focusing on digital skills and access

Download the application form and guidance in Word
Download the application form and guidance in PDF

The deadline for applications: Monday 5 July 2021

Please send your completed form to: [email protected]