Adult and Community Education

2016 ACE in Communities Funding Round - now closed

ACE in Communities funding is part of the ACE in Communities Fund, which is available through the Adult and Community Education (ACE) funding mechanism determined by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.

During 2014 and more recently this year, we communicated to sector representatives our intention to implement an open funding round to allocate 2016 ACE in Communities funding.

The open funding round that subsequently took place has now closed. Indicative funding allocations will be made later this year  to the community organisations, rural education activities programmes (REAP) providers and registered private training establishments (PTEs) with successful applications.

Funding is limited, and we will be looking to fund eligible community-based tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to deliver ACE provision in their community that meets community learning needs. Funded provision will be community-based provision that raises learners’ foundation skills, and provides pathways to other learning opportunities.

The funding round did not include ACE in Schools funding, which is also part of the ACE in Communities Fund.

Assessment of applications

Our assessment of applications will include consideration of each applicant organisation’s eligibility, as well as its history of providing formal and informal community education, ability to deliver on the outcomes sought and conditions of the funding, and the nature of the courses proposed.

Timeframe

We will notify each applicant organisation of their application outcome around the middle of the year. For TEOs that apply successfully, the amount of indicatively allocated 2016 ACE in Communities funding resulting from the successful application will be communicated at the same time.

Please note: An indicative allocation for a TEO is subject to TEC approval of the TEO’s 2016 Investment Plan.

Investment Plans

TEOs that submit a successful application through the 2016 ACE in Communities Funding Round, and receive an indicative ACE in Communities allocation as a result, need to submit a 2016 Investment Plan to be approved to receive the funding.

For more information refer to 2015 Investment Plan process (for 2016 funding) for PTEs, REAP providers, CEPs and schools which was sent out to the sector on 4 June 2015.

Financial viability

All TEC-funded TEOs are expected to be financially viable and meet or exceed the TEC’s minimum Prudential Financial Standards (PDF, 46 Kb). We require assurance that TEOs are financially viable and the evidence required depends upon the size and type of organisation seeking funding.

Applicant TEOs for 2015 ACE in Communities funding must meet the following financial viability requirements.

TEO Type

Evidence required


Application Submission

By 11 December 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

CEP

REAP


Community education provider (CEP) or REAP
applying for $50,000 or less in ACE in Communities funding
None

Statutory Declaration completed by the TEO’s directors, trustees or governing body confirming that the organisation is financially viable.

If the TEO has commissioned an external Review or Audit of the annual accounts by an Independent Chartered Accountant, please provide a copy of the resulting opinion to the TEC.
CEP or REAP applying for more than $50,000
in 2016 ACE in Communities funding
None

Professional Financial Attestation by an independent Chartered Accountant confirming that the organisation is financially viable.

The attestation should be based on either an external review or an audit of the TEO’s last set of financial accounts by an independent Chartered Accountant.

The TEO is also expected to self-assess its financial performance, and take action where required to meet or exceed the TEC’s minimum prudential financial standards on an ongoing basis.

 

 

 

 

 

PTE

Non-TEC funded PTE applying for 2016 ACE in Communities funding.

A copy of an unqualified Audit or Review opinion
based on the last set of annual accounts OR
a copy of  the last Chartered Accountant Professional Attestation in relation to financial viability provided  to
NZQA (if this is based on the last set
of annual accounts and is unqualified).

Letter from the TEO’s directors, trustees or governing body confirming that the organisation currently complies with the minimum prudential financial standards (based on TEO self-assessment).

These TEOs are expected to meet or exceed the TEC’s minimum prudential financial standards on an ongoing basis.
TEC-funded PTE applying for 2016 ACE in Communities
funding that has already been approved to receive
less than $2 million in other TEC funding in 2015.
TEC-funded PTE applying for 2016 ACE in Communities funding that has already been
approved  to receive $2 million or more
in other TEC funding in 2015.
None (already assessed for financial viability).

None (already assessed for financial viability).

These TEOs are expected to meet or exceed the TEC’s minimum prudential financial standards on an ongoing basis.

 

Resources

The Statutory Declaration and Chartered Accountant Professional Attestation forms are specific to CEP/REAP applicants in the 2016 ACE in Communities funding round.

An Excel worksheet for TEOs to use to test their compliance with the minimum prudential financial standards will be available soon on this website.

Quality assurance processes

Applicant organisations must have clearly defined quality assurance processes. The appropriate quality assurance standard to use for this is the Quality Assurance Arrangements for Providers of Adult and Community Education, published by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) in March 2005.

Other quality assurance resources are available on the ACE Aotearoa website.

Implementation of the ACE Learner Outcomes System for tracking learner outcomes is recommended. Information about the ACE Learner Outcomes System is available on the  ACE Aotearoa website.

If a registered PTE, the applicant organisation must also have achieved external evaluation and review (EER) Category 1 or 2 through their most recent EER carried out by the NZQA.

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