Professional Development Grants

Applications for ACE Professional Development Grants are now OPEN:

Closing date

  • Friday 27th September 2019

What is a Professional Development (PD) Grant?

The PD grants funding support the professional learning needs for 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

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

Who can apply?

ACE Providers, community groups, and networks involved in adult and community education.

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 6622.

Download the Professional Development Grant Application Form
Download the Professional Development Grant Information Guide
Read the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) 2014-2019

Completed applications can be sent to:
ACE Aotearoa
Professional Development Grants
PO Box 12114
Wellington 6144