Adult Community Education Grants Program

Adult Community Education (ACE) plays a critical and unique role alongside Canberra’s vocational education and training sector.

ACE participants often face complex barriers to participation in learning or work, may be vulnerable, hard to reach and engage, or need to learn the skills to thrive in formal training settings.

The ACT ACE Grants Program supports ACE projects delivered in welcoming and supportive community based environments.

Each year since 1998, the ACT Government has funded ACE projects that target local needs, capturing the interest of participants through engaging delivery. These projects have reached a broad range of people, from the long term unemployed, disengaged young people and mature aged Canberrans, migrant populations and those whose language, literacy and numeracy skills are underdeveloped.

The ACE Grants Program is recognised as a vehicle for the delivery of accredited and non-accredited foundation skills learning activities with far reaching potential for individual empowerment and development. Importantly, these broad based activities also teach participants how to engage in informal learning that makes formal training possible and future employment more likely.

For information about projects that were awarded funding in 2018 refer to the ACT Adult Community Education (ACE) Grants Program 2018 (DOCX 19KB) or (PDF 238KB).

Mature Workers Grants Program

The ACT Government’s Mature Workers Grants Program aims to support new services designed to address barriers experienced by mature workers seeking to upskill or reskill.

Refer to the online Application Guidelines - 2018 Mature Workers Grants Program or (PDF 553KB) for further information.

The ACT Government recognises the immense capacity of mature workers and understands the need to provide unique support so they can upskill and fill key roles in workplaces across the Canberra region. Upskilling or retraining can assist mature workers to take advantage of new work opportunities emerging from growth areas in the local economy and enhance their experience of being a valued contributor to the community.

The Mature Workers Grants Program also aims to identify and address barriers impacting employers’ utilisation of Canberra’s mature workforce to meet their skills needs. Skills Canberra is looking to fund new activities that will assist employers to recruit and retain skilled, experienced, mature workers.

Grant funding will be available on a competitive basis to support highly targeted projects that contribute to achieving positive outcomes for the participation and productivity of mature workers. Approximately $500,000 will be available to eligible organisations for projects to be implemented over the next two to three years.

Applications must be submitted via the Smarty Grants online application process.

If you would like to discuss the 2018 ACT Mature Workers Grants Program please don’t hesitate to contact the Manager, Mature Workers Grants Program by telephone on 6205 8555 or by email to Skills Canberra.

Women in Trades Grants Program

The ACT Government’s Women in Trades Grants Program is designed to support the growth and development of Canberra’s vocational sector through specific outreach efforts with a focus on women. In an aim to improve participation and productivity in the broader ACT economy Skills Canberra is looking to fund activities that support women into trades.

Refer to the 2018 Women in Trades Grants Program - Round 2 Application Guidelines (DOCX 409KB) or (PDF 848KB) further information.

Round 2 of the ACT Women in Trades Grants Program will make approximately $600,000 available to continue to support projects under the overarching objective to improve women’s participation in male dominated trades in the ACT. The specific objectives that the projects should address in round 2 are:

  • Objective 1 - Increase the take up of women in male dominated trades
  • Objective 2 - Improve advocacy, engagement and information sharing, supporting attraction and retention of women in male dominated trades.

Applications must address one or more of the objectives outlined above and demonstrate how they will contribute to increasing the participation of women in traditionally male dominated trade apprenticeships.

The Program is aligned with the objective of the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund to improve employment outcomes by supporting Australians to obtain the skills and training they need for jobs in demand through increasing the uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships, pre-apprenticeships, pre-traineeships, higher-apprenticeships, and other relevant employment related training.

Applicants are encouraged to review the full Application Guidelines and relevant attachments before applying.

Applications can be lodged online.

The details in the application must be complete and correct at the time of submission and no additional documents or attachments will be considered at a later date.

Key Dates:

  1. Call for Applications – Round 2 Tuesday, 6 November 2018.
  2. Information Session - Tuesday, 13 November 2018.
  3. Submission Closing Date - Thursday, 20 December 2018.
  4. Evaluation and Final Selection - 2 January to 31 January 2019.
  5. Negotiation of Deeds - 1 February to 15 February 2019.
  6. Announcement of Successful Applications and Notification to Unsuccessful Applicants - Thursday, 22 February 2019.
  7. Commencement of funded projects - Friday, 1 March 2019.

For further information email Skills Canberra or telephone on 6205 8555