Cork Education and Training Board is delighted to announce that it has secured over €946,669 in funding from SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority, to assist it in supporting Community Education groups and participants across Cork City and County. This funding is provided under the Mitigating Against Educational Disadvantage (MAED) Fund 2020, provides supports to enable learners engage with education and training programmes and address some of the impediments impacting on engagement and continued programme participation arising from the current pandemic situation. In total 62 community education groups and services are recommended for funding.

Designed by SOLAS and the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science to support Education and Training Boards in the delivery of programmes to learners who are at greater risk of being disadvantaged by barriers to participation in education and training programmes, the fund places a strong focus on community education as a mechanism to continue to support and engage with learners most at risk of being disadvantaged, with a focus on enabling the investment in building the digital infrastructure and the capability of community groups to ensure that online learning can be delivered in a way that meets the needs of all learners.

The funding being announced today allows Cork Education and Training Board to provide significant supports through  separate projects or initiatives, representing the highest number of projects and the one of the highest levels of funding secured for by any region in the country under this round of the process.

External Grantee Name Project Title
Cork ETB 4 Valleys Community
Cork ETB Ballyhoura Development CLG Ballyhoura Access to Learning Initiative (BALI)
Cork ETB Ballyphehane Togher Community Development Project Ballyphehane Togher Digital Reach Out
Cork ETB Bantry Active Retired Group Connecting Communities
Cork ETB Bantry Bayworks Connecting Communities
Cork ETB Bere Island Island Learning Centre
Cork ETB Blackpool Area Group Community Employment Scheme Community Employment Scheme
Cork ETB Bonnington and Doras Cope foundation Reconnect and Reengage
Cork ETB BRIJ Supporting access to education of people living in Direct Provision Centres in Cork
Cork ETB Carrigaline Family Support Centre CLG Community IT Scheme
Cork ETB Carrigtwohill Family Resource Centre COVID-19 and Beyond – Working with Disadvantage Communities
Cork ETB Carrinagass Castle CLG Kealkill Community Project Centre
Cork ETB Churchfield Community Trust Increasing organisation IT capacity
Cork ETB Clonakilty Friends of Asylum Seekers (CFOAS) Clonakilty Friends of Asylum Seekers (CFOAS)
Cork ETB Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service (Blue Cube) Supporting Disadvantaged Literacy Learners in Gould’s Hill
Cork ETB Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service (Blue Cube) Family Healthy Living in Gould’s Hill
Cork ETB Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service (LTI) Essential Travel for our Learners to Access the Centre
Cork ETB Cobh (Great Island) Community Centre Outreach Learning 2021
Cork ETB Cobh Family Resource Centre Adult Education/Community Laptop Scheme
Cork ETB Comhar na nOileán Getting Islanders Connected
Cork ETB Comharchumann Chléire Ghrian Graf (Sun Sketch)
Cork ETB Comharchumann Forbartha Mhúscraí Múscraí Connect
Cork ETB COPE Foundation Fermoy Co-op Programme Cope Foundation Fermoy
Cork ETB Cork Academy of Music Interactive Classrooms
Cork ETB Cork City Age Friendly & Friendly Call Digital Technology for Older People
Cork ETB Cork City Community Radio Putting the Human Back into Radio through Community Participation
Cork ETB Cork City Partnership Supporting Online Learning
Cork ETB Cork Mental Health Foundation The Next Step
Cork ETB Cork Penny Dinners Digital Education Project
Cork ETB Cork Simon Educational inclusion via Technology, Space and Wellness
Cork ETB Cumann na Daoine CTR Provision of devices to support learners and community participants in accessing study and support
Cork ETB DEIS SCOP SCP Fit in to stand out
Cork ETB Down Syndrome Cork Latch on Programme
Cork ETB Dunmanway FRC The Bridge Project
Cork ETB Durrus Project Group The Phillips’ Green Centre Learning Hub
Cork ETB Farranree Family Resource Centre Digital Skills
Cork ETB Good Shepherds Cork Educational Support for Women Vulnerable to Homelessness
Cork ETB IRD Duhallow Duhallow Remote Learning Response Initiative
Cork ETB Lantern Project Making Digital Connections Possible
Cork ETB Mayfield Arts Community Education Art Programmes
Cork ETB Mayfield Childcare Project (Old Youghal Road) Mayfield Childcare Project (Old Youghal Road)
Cork ETB Mayfield CLG Participant IT Support
Cork ETB Mayfield Integrated Community Development Project CLG Purchase of Computer Equipment
Cork ETB Meitheal Mara Learning to Progress
Cork ETB Men’s Shed Tablet Accessories
Cork ETB NASC, The migrant and refugee rights centre Connect Youth Project and Gateway Inclusion Project
Cork ETB Northside Community Enterprises Education & Training HUB (NCE)
Cork ETB Northwest Scp Development of IT
Cork ETB SECAD Partnership CLG SECAD On-Line Learning
Cork ETB SHEP Laptop Loan Scheme to Community Education Course Participants
Cork ETB SIDS Community Radio
Cork ETB Skibbereen CFRC Virtual Classroom
Cork ETB St Joseph’s Foundation I.T.  Training and Communication skills Training
Cork ETB St. Vincents CE Project Community Education Online
Cork ETB Suisha Arts Creative Connection
Cork ETB Technology Loan Scheme Killeagh Inch Monday Club
Cork ETB Welcome English Language Centre Welcome English Language Centre
Cork ETB West Cork Arts Centre Arts for an Active Mind
Cork ETB West Cork Development Partnership Connecting Communities
Cork ETB YWI Cork Sort it
Cork ETB  €946,669