The WEA West Midlands region secures a range of funding for projects that aim to help the most deprived and disadvantaged individuals engage with Adult Education. We secure projects that interlink between our four themes: Health and Well-being, Culture, Employability and Community Engagement. More information below:

AIMS OF PROJECT FUNDING 

Within the region the WEA is committed to providing access to learning opportunities for adults from all backgrounds. Government priorities for adult education affect how much money we have available to offer the kind of programmes in the community that makes the WEA unique.

Currently, full funding is available for certain skills for life programmes below level 2 and the WEA is able to offer these free of charge. However, other programmes, such as community learning and liberal studies, do not attract the financial support necessary for us to offer them economically or even free of charge to groups of adults who need them the most.

As we do not want to unnecessarily charge or increase charges to our learners (many of whom would not able to afford their 'second chance' education), the WEA depends on alternative sources of funding to respond to the needs of local communities.

Grant making organisations usually provide funding for specific projects that run in targeted geographical areas. By funding the WEA to develop an educational programme, they often buy in the expertise to help them meet their own targets. The type of funders that have supported WEA's work with educationally disadvantaged adults is varied and includes The BIG Lottery Fund, NHS, Central Government departments, Local Authorities and charitable Trusts and Foundations.

PROJECT THEMES 

Click the educational areas below for related projects...

CULTURAL

EMPLOYABILITY

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

HEALTH AND WELLBEING


15/16 PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:


ASPIRE PROJECT

The Aspire project bid to the Big Lottery Fund has also been successful. We have been awarded £117,431 over three years (August 15- July 18) to deliver learning activities to improve mental health and wellbeing of adults within Wyre Forest.

Aspire Project related resources

ASPIRE PRESS RELEASE

If you are interested in working in partnership with the WEA West Midlands or would like to contact a member of the Project Team please click here.

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HEAR OUR VOICE PROJECT

The WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) has been awarded £10,800 funding from the Barrow Cadbury Trust for a research project aimed at helping and highlighting the hardship and discrimination ofZambrano Carers in Birmingham and the Black Country. The research project runs until March 2016 and will use various communication channels to highlight their common experiences