Professional Development Grants

Applications for the September 2021 ACE Professional Development Grants are now open.

COVID-19 Impact on ACE Professional Development Funding

In light of the COVID-19 situation your wellbeing and the wellbeing of your families and communities is our priority. With this in mind, we ask that you consider risk management in detail to be included in your applications. This will be a priority criteria for the Selection Panel consideration of all new applications and existing approved grants.

For current grant holders:

  • We will work with you to understand how your project activity will be affected
  • We will offer extensions for project completion which will result in delayed grant payments
  • We welcome innovation especially the use of new online and digital means to carry out your projects where practicable and subject to capability.

What is a Professional Development (PD) Grant?

The PD grants funding supports the professional learning needs of educators, providers and communities in the Adult and Community Education (ACE) sector.

Type Amount Purpose
Small grant Up to $5,000 For workshops or one off training sessions
Innovation grant Up to $50,000 For professional development plans for groups of organisations

Eligibility Checklist

If you have answer NO to any of the questions below, you do not meet the criteria to be eligible for an ACE Professional Development Grant.

Innovation Grant and Small Grant Criteria:

  • Are you a charitable and non-profit organisation?
  • Are you an education provider or community group that provides ACE services?
    • ACE Providers, community groups, and networks involved in adult and community education.
  • Do you have a focus on improving learning for ACE learners?
  • Do you have a focus on improving learning for Māori and/or Pasifika learners?
  • Does your PD activity or project meet the definition of professional development?
  • Are you working together with others through at least one of the following:
    • Two or more providers or community groups working together
    • Two or more regional offices working together
  • Does your project fit within the definition of Professional Development?
    • Learning to increase the level of skill and effectiveness of educators and adult and community learning services
  • Does your organisation fit within the ACE sector?

If applying for an Innovation Grant you must also answer the following questions:

  • Do you have a professional plan or strategy with clear goals and objectives?
  • Does your project fit within the definition of Innovation? Doing something new or different

What we fund

  • Workshops and one off training
  • Professional development plans for groups of organisations

What we do not fund

  • Businesses, profit making organisations, consultants
  • Individuals (such as course, qualifications or conference fees)
  • Individual organisations
  • International travel
  • Research

What is Adult and Community Education (ACE)?

Adult and Community Education (ACE) is part of New Zealand’s tertiary and broader education sector.  ACE is identified in many forms including informal education and non-formal education, post-compulsory education, adult learning, lifelong learning, leisure and recreation learning.  Through ACE adults may choose to engage in a range of education activities within the community.  It provides individual and group learning and promotes whānau empowerment, equity, active citizenship, critical and social awareness and sustainable development.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying, please get in touch with us to discuss your ideas and for any help with filling in the application form. Please make sure to read the Information Guide and check the criteria to make sure you are eligible to apply. Email us at or call 04 473 6625.

This application round closes on 30 September, 5pm.