Community Education Service

Community Education is about creating opportunities for people to identify their learning needs and learn in their own community.  A Community Education programme aims to:

  • Build community participation
  • Address social isolation
  • Engage vulnerable adults
  • Develop active citizenship
  • Address educational needs

Classes generally run for 6 – 10 weeks and are organised at times and locations that suit the participants. The Community Education Service funds groups through tuition hours or grants.

Who is the community education service for?

Eligible not-for-profit Community and Voluntary Groups across Laois and Offaly. Due to the volume of applications, received priority is given to:

Groups who organise community education programmes for people who face acute barrier to taking part in education: Older people, people experiencing disadvantage, people with disabilities, ethnic minority groups, unemployed, carers and groups providing community education in areas where adults do not have easy access to education opportunities.

Community Education Funding

BEFORE applying, please read the following:


To apply for funding, please complete our online application form


Community Education Service  

Gillian Cunningham

085 805 4579

LOETB Information Hub, Unit 1, Lyster Square, Portlaoise, Co. Laois


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