Southern Derbyshire Learning Fund

More Information

The Fund’s main purpose is to break down barriers to learning, encouraging individuals who do not engage well with standard educational or training routes. This could be due to a lack of confidence, experience, finances, the structured approach of some formal routes or because the community simply has a lack of existing training / learning facilities or role models to aspire to.

Type of Project costs funded

  • Capital (any items of equipment) but not building works
  • Revenue (any non-equipment costs) including ongoing running costs for a project or group
  • One off events and one-off projects


There are no specific priorities linked to this fund


The activity must benefit residents living in Derby City, South Derbyshire, Amber Valley or Erewash.


The maximum grant is currently £4,000 (only 2 – 3 grants are made per annum, so please contact the grants team before applying to check if funds are available)

Closing Dates

There are no fixed closing dates. The decision making panel meets quarterly.

Examples of grants made

  • £2,000 to purchase laptops for a sheltered housing complex supporting homeless individuals – the laptops were to be installed in a new learning centre aimed at offering a range of courses to increase skills and employment opportunities
  • £1.500 for a series of ‘hands on’ practical workshops for young parents, aimed at increasing basic literacy and numeracy skills.


Making An Application

There are only sufficient funds to make 2 – 3 grants per year, so please contact the grants team before applying to check if funds are still available

The Foundation has an on-line application process.

You will need to have a valid e-mail address to access the application process. If you do not wish to complete the form on-line but would prefer to hand write your bid then please do let us know and we’ll happily post you a hard copy out.

Start your online application by clicking here.