Learner Supports

Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund (MAEDF)

Closing date extended to 16th September 2022

The Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund (MAEDF) was announced on the 13th October 2020 by Minister Simon Harris with a budget of €8 million. 

The MAEDF is designed to increase the capacity of ETBs and community education providers to address the decline in participation of disadvantaged learners particularly those on literacy and basic skills programmes at levels 1-3.

This fund places a strong focus on community education and support as a tool to continue to help and engage with these learners.

There is also a continued focus on enabling the investment in building the digital infrastructure of providers and their capability to ensure that online learning and continued engagement can be delivered in a way that meets the complex needs of all learners.

LOETB administered this initiative very successfully in 2020 and 2021, providing funding to more than 20 Community Groups and over 300 learners each year through the following two strands:

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