Government Announces £6m Fund to Build Stronger Communities through English Language Learning

11th September 2018

The Integrated Communities English Language Programme, due to commence in April 2019, aims to tackle a lack of English language skills, which has been identified by the government as one of the key causes of poor integration.

Through the programme, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is offering funding to providers that are able to run new programmes which offer creative ways of teaching English to local residents.

The initiative will target adult learners, particularly women, who may be isolated by their inability to speak the language, and help them integrate into British society. This will be achieved by building their confidence to engage outside their immediate community and mix with people from different backgrounds, alongside improving proficiency in English.

There is up to £6 million available in 2019-20 to support successful projects. MHCLG is looking to support only a small number of projects and applicants are invited to indicate the total amount of funding they are requesting in order to implement their project.

Applications will be accepted from local authorities, charities and other providers of language learning. Organisations, consortiums or partnerships that are capable of delivering services at scale may lead an application. The programme covers England only, with a number of areas deemed a high priority, including parts of London, the East and West Midlands, the North West, Yorkshire, the South East and East of England.

Launching the new programme, Communities Secretary, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:

“Being able to speak English can transform lives and help people play a full, active role in British life.

“No one deserves to miss out on the opportunity to build self-confidence, interact with their neighbours, make friends and gain employment. This fund of up to £6 million will help us build even stronger communities.”

The deadline for applications to be received is 31 October 2018.

Find out more and how to apply here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/building-stronger-communities-through-english-language-learning