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Equality body offers £30,000 grants to embed equality and diversity in FE in England

Published: 19/09/2014

ECU has been appointed to distribute the Skills Funding Agency’s Equality and diversity good practice fund to English FE providers.

Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), the body that advances equality and diversity in universities and colleges, will be offering grants of up to £30,000 to support further education (FE) colleges and training organisations in England from 30 September 2014.

ECU has been appointed to distribute the Skills Funding Agency’s Equality and diversity good practice fund to six-month projects which embed, extend, and share good practice in equality in further education in England.

Skills Funding Agency-funded colleges and training organisations will be able to bid for funding between £10,000 and £30,000 for large projects, or between £1000 and £9999 for smaller projects. ECU will be looking for bids that focus on making a demonstrable and lasting impact on learner skills, progression and employability, and that are sustainable beyond the six-month programme.

David Ruebain, ECU Chief Executive said:

‘We are delighted to have been invited to manage the Equality and diversity good practice fund, which has been found to encourage and support valuable equality and diversity work on the ground across the sector by adult and community learning providers, work-based learning providers, national careers service and offender learning and skills providers.

It is vital that the fund continues to support work to embed equality within mainstream activities and resources, and that has long-term sustainability beyond the life-span of the six-month programme. We know from our work with colleges in Scotland and universities across the UK the importance of sharing good practice and we encourage providers with existing experience to partner with others to share resources and expertise.’

Mary Rogers, Deputy Director Funding Policy Implementation for the Skills Funding Agency said:

‘The Equality and Diversity Good Practice Fund has been successful in supporting more learners to participate and achieve in further education. Importantly, it has also helped to embed equality and diversity into everyday practice. ECU’s knowledge of equality and diversity issues in an education context and their experience of sharing good practice from projects that make a lasting impact for learners make them a valuable partner in taking the fund forward.’

Further information including a prospectus and application form will be available on www.ecu.ac.uk from Tuesday 30 September. The closing date for applications is 30 October 2014. Successful applicants will be invited to an inception meeting in w/c 8 December 2014 and projects should be ready to run for six months from January 2015.