Skills Funding Agency/NIACE Equality and Diversity Innovation Fund (2013/14)

Please note that the Fund is now closed to applications and we will now be busy scoring applications until the beginning of October 2013.
If you applied to the fund we will let you know the outcome by email on Tuesday 1 October 2013 and if you are successful, we look forward to meeting you
at the briefing session on 10 October 2013.

The Skills Funding Agency and NIACE are pleased to invite bids from Skills Funding Agency-funded providers to deliver projects which advance equality, diversity and inclusion.

This is a flexible project fund, designed to enable colleges, training organisations and other providers to design and deliver the projects that will have the greatest impact for learners and potential learners. The aim of the fund is to support innovative and sustainable projects which develop the capacity of the sector to meet the public sector Equality Duty (2010).

Individual colleges and training organisations are invited to bid for a grant of between £1,000 and £25,000. Successful bids of £5,000 or less will have a higher level of freedom and flexibility in how they deliver their projects, and be subject to a lower level of reporting and monitoring than projects receiving larger grants.

Projects will normally begin in October 2013 and should be completed at the beginning of June 2014. Monitoring and reporting of project outcomes and impact will be required after project funding ceases up until the end of March 2015.

A key aim of the project fund is to catalyse change across the sector, so all projects will be required to collaborate with each other and disseminate their findings locally and nationally. Mandatory dissemination events will take place in June/July 2014, followed by ongoing dissemination in autumn 2014 and beyond.

For full details see the prospectus (MS Word, ~500Kb) - audio summary (mp3, ~4MB),