Adult and Community Education

Adult and Community Education

Last updated 9 February 2017
Last updated 02/09/2017

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.

We are in the process of updating these fund pages for 2017.

For the 2017 conditions for the Adult and Community Education Fund, refer to:

Generic conditions that relate to all on-Plan funds

Specific conditions that relate to the ACE in Communities, ACE in ITPs and Wānanga Funds 

Specific conditions that relate to the ACE in Schools Fund

Who applies:  Community education, ITPs, PTEs, REAPs, schools, wānanga

Agreed through: Investment plan (on Plan)

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.