Professional Development Grants

Applications for ACE Professional Development Grants are now open.

March 2021 funding round is now closed.


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

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.