Adult and Community Education

Who applies? Community education, ITPs, PTEs, REAPs, Schools, Wānanga Fund focus: Learning focus, Foundation skills, ESOL, Literacy Language and Numeracy, Learner focus, Domestic students, Pacific students, Migrants, Refugees, Maori, Adults
Status: Ongoing Agreed through? Investment Plan (on Plan)

The purpose of the Adult and Community Education (ACE) fund is to provide community-based education, foundation skills, and pathways into other learning opportunities that meet community learning needs.

The three priorities of ACE funding are to:

  • target learners whose initial learning was not successful
  • raise foundation skills
  • strengthen social cohesion, enhancing a learner’s ability to participate in society and economic life.

ACE is delivered in different sectors:


The Adult and Community Education (ACE) funding mechanism is issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. The funding mechanism outlines the general form and essential components of the fund. It provides the mandate for the TEC to allocate the funding, and details how we administer the fund.
This fund helps support the achievement of government policy and the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES).

A tertiary education organisation (TEO) that receives ACE funding is required to:

  • comply with the requirements of the Education Act 1989 and
  • comply with the funding conditions specified in the TEO's Investment Plan funding approval letter.


Information on literacy and numeracy can be found on these websites:

Resources for ongoing ACE quality assurance can be accessed through ACE Aotearoa.

  • Last changed: 2 March 2016
  • Last verified: 2 March 2016