Mitigating Against Educational Disadvantage Fund (MAEDF)

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City of Dublin ETB are offering to support community education providers in accessing the Mitigating Against Educational Disadvantage Fund (MAEDF) of €8 million, announced as part of Budget 2021.

The purpose of the fund is to support community education provision targeted at adult learners, who have the highest level of need. It aims to increase the participation of disadvantaged learners, particularly those on literacy and basic skills programmes at NFQ levels 1 to 3. The fund has a strong focus on building the digital infrastructure of community education providers and increasing their capacity in delivering online learning.

 Administration of the MAEDF Grant

Funds are allocated by SOLAS to the City of Dublin ETB, who is responsible for the administration and management of funding within its region.


Approved funding allocation for any activity under the MAEDF must;

(a) Be used for the specific purpose intended

(b) All expenditure to be completed by 2020 year-end

(c) Not to be used for any pay costs or costs of a recurring nature

(d) Be compliant with Circular DPR 13/14 governing the payment of grants

(e) A tax clearance certificate for the grantee organisation must accompany each application.

(f) Maintenance of records of expenditure for audit purposes.

Apply for funding can be under one or more of these four strands:

1: Digital Technologies

2: Learner Assistance

3: Reach Out/Mentoring

4: Covid 19 Exceptional Circumstances

Applications must be received by 12.00 pm

Round 1 Monday 16th November

Round 2 Monday 23rd November

Late applications cannot be accepted

Applications must be made on the attached form and returned to this email address:

Download the Application Form here – CDETB – APPLICATION -MAEDF .


Gemma is a nomadic writer, filmmaker, & journalist.
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