Commissioning Strategy

East Berkshire Community Learning and Skills Service is establishing a local community learning trust. As part of the development of this model the service is seeking to increase the number and range of local providers, particularly from the community and voluntary sector, to be involved in the delivery of adult and community learning. To this end it has established a strategic commissioning framework:

  1. Major contracts for up to three years that are tendered
  2. Programmes that run for one year at a time for a maximum of three years
  3. Small projects that are one-off and run within an academic year.

All applications must meet the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ national purpose and objectives of community learning. Applications should contribute to meeting outcomes that have been identified within Slough Borough Council’s three year corporate plan or the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s strategic plans. Bidders are advised to read the guidance for the commissioning area prior to making an application.

1. Contracts

Major contracts cover full areas of work within the Community Learning Fund, including family learning. Contracts are held, subject to performance and budget constraints, for up to three academic years at a time. Contracts have a minimum value of £15,000 up to a maximum of £49,500 per year. Once a contract is completed or otherwise terminated, the service will review the contract criteria and may issue a new tender; details of which will be announced on this website and on the South East Business Portal website.

2. Programmes

Programmes are required to meet defined objectives referring to widening participation, improve the local environment, delivering pre-employment support and to enable adults to move into sustained employment. Programmes are run for one academic year at a time for a maximum of three years, subject to performance and budget constraints. The maximum bid is £15,000 per academic year. Should funding become available for new programmes details will be announced on this website.

3. Projects

Small grants for community projects supporting the voluntary and community sector either to develop their own programmes or to work together to develop one-off projects in response to identified need. Projects are funded from the Community Learning Fund and aim to widen participation and capacity building in community learning. Applications should be for a one-off project that is delivered within an academic year. The maximum bid is £1,500. This funding is for one-off projects that might form a basis for a bid to the larger “programmes” funding stream. Applications for a small grant are invited at any time subject to availability of funds using the application form below.

More information can be found on the community learning and skills page.

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