Skills for Londoners COVID-19 Response Fund

The Mayor of London is making £9m of Adult Education Budget funding available to launch the Skills for Londoners COVID-19 Response Fund to support London’s adult education providers to respond to the learning needs of London’s adult learners and communities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fund aims to ensure that Londoners can continue to access learning opportunities while classroom settings are closed. This will help them:

  • develop skills to access new employment opportunities

  • gain confidence in digital skills as we move to more online working and learning

  • support the wider social and economic outcomes of participation in learning

The Fund will do this by supporting providers to expand and enhance their online provision. It will also help to build the capacity of London’s adult education providers to deliver more online provision and ensure they are equipped to reach learners who are at risk of digital exclusion.

What the Fund will support

The Fund will support two strands of activity:

  • Strand 1 will support additional provision to meet the immediate demand for learning and skills in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. AEB grant-funded providers will be able to apply for an additional grant allocation of a minimum of £100,000 and up to a maximum of £500,000. The deadline for bids for this strand is 31 May 2020.
  • Strand 2 will support one-off grant allocations to support the costs of building capacity in the London skills sector. This strand is open to applications from both AEB grant- funded and procured providers. The value of grants available will be determined based on the provider's AEB allocation/ contract for 2020/21. The deadline for bids for this strand is 30 June 2020. 

To apply for either strand download the relevant application form at the links below.

If you have any questions about the Fund please contact the Skills and Employment team at [email protected].

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