Community Education


Community Education Grant Scheme 2014

From the 1st July 2013 County Galway, City of Galway and County Roscommon VECs have merged to form Galway & Roscommon ETB.  As a result of this merge all documentation has been harmonised to streamline the application process.  In addition to this, new operational guidelines issued by the DES are being implemented which has resulted in changes to the guidelines and application form.

Please click here to download the relevant revised forms and guidelines and we urge you to take the time to read these documents very carefully prior to making an application to GRETB.  It is important that your application is in keeping with guidelines set out for the community education grant scheme to ensure your eligibility for funding.

If you require assistance to complete this application form please do not hesitate to contact any of the following:_

  • Roscommon County – Ann McNamara 090 6634189

  • Galway City – Dónal Walsh  091 549448

  • Galway County – Máire Uí Éanaigh  091 866912

Please return the completed application form and EFT mandate form to the Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board before
5 p.m. on Thursday 31st October, 2013. 


Community Education Courses Spring 2014

For full details of Community Education Courses for Spring 2014 please click on the links below.  If you have any further queries please contact Ann/Josephine/Sabrina on 090-6634189

Childcare and First Aid

‘ … a process of communal education towards empowerment , both at an individual and a collective level. Such an approach to community education sees it as an interactive challenging process, not only in terms of its content but also in terms of its methodologies and decision making processes.’Learning for Life: White Paper on Adult Education, July 2000

Community Education Facilitator

The Community Education Facilitator has responsibility for :-

  • Promoting the development and nurturing of new community based learning groups;
  • Providing support to new and existing community based learning groups in the from of technical, administrative and educational inputs;
  • Developing and encouraging partnerships and links with statutory and other providers;
  • Promoting the role of the sector in supporting outreach and referral to the statutory sector;
  • Liasing on accreditation and certification issues;
  • Helping community education interests to access funding;
  • Networking of groups both nationally and locally and supporting their participation in community fora
  • Sharing good practice from the sector and supporting the mainstreaming of lessons into national policy and practice;
  • Reporting to the Local Adult Learning Boards.

Under the Back to Education Initiative, 10% of the places and funding will be allocated on an ongoing basis exclusively for the development of community education. This initiative is in addition to the Adult Literacy and Community Education Scheme (ALCES) which fund various educational courses/programmes/classes for adults and communities. Other initiatives are operated by the Department of Social Community and Family Affairs and the local development initiatives of the Area Based Partnerships.

Funding of (£3.5m) €4.45m has been allocated under the Education Equality Initiative to address the current gaps in provision for educationally disadvantaged women and men.

For further information about Back to Education Initiative B.T.E.I. (Community Strand) and Community Education, contact:

Ann McNamara, Community Education Facilitator, Co. Roscommon VEC, Castlecourt House, Roscommon.

Also contact, Stephanie O’Connor Shaw, Adult Education Resource Worker

Phone: 090 6630581