Community education providers across Ireland receive funding under the Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund.

Over 500 community education projects across Ireland have received funding under the Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund. The €5.8 million Fund was launched in December 2020 by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD, and is administered by SOLAS, the further education and training authority, and the 16 local Education and Training Boards.

The aim of the fund is to support community education for adult learners, who have the highest level of need, with a strong focus on building the digital infrastructure of community education providers to increase the capacity to deliver online learning.

The projects benefitting from funding vary from projects to help support online learning, connect communities, providing essential travel, and providing social support to vulnerable people.

Recipients of the fund include:

Aiséirí Progression Programme

Carbally Community Development Project

Wexford Local Development

Cremartin Community Group

Cork Mental Health Foundation

Drumhowan Community Group

Cork Penny Dinners

Men's Sheds

Family Resource Centres


Barnacarroll Over 55s Club

Women's Networks

Down Syndrome Ireland

Youth Projects

Traveller Support Groups

Diversity Sligo

Markiewicz Community Centre

Age Action Ireland

Age Friendly Roscrea

Waterford City Stroke Group

And many more.

A full list of funding recipients is available here

Further information including a breakdown of funding granted to each ETB is available here