Community Education

What is Community Education?

 Community Education is education and learning which is rooted in a process of empowerment, social justice, change, challenge, respect and collective consciousness. It is within the community and of the community, reflecting the developing needs of individuals and their locale. It builds the capacity of local communities to engage in developing responses to educational and structural disadvantage and to take part in decision-making and policy formation within the community. It is distinct from general adult education provision, due to both its ethos and to the methodologies it employs.” *

*Aontas, 2004, p18 Community Education 2004



 The aims of the programme are:

  • To support community education providers to organise and deliver low-cost, locally-based educational opportunities for groups of people who do not usually avail of such opportunities. Courses are generally non-accredited but may offer certification
  • To promote and support the development of new community education groups and activities in Donegal
  • To support the community education sector through the provision of training and information-sharing opportunities
  • To gather qualitative and quantitative data on community education activity in Donegal


Target Groups:

Community based women’s & men’s groups Community arts groups
Travellers Older people
People with disabilities Lone parents groups
Ethnic minority groups Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups


Items which may be eligible for funding:

  • Contribution towards tutor fees (as a general rule, minimum of 75% of grant allocated should be spent on tutor fees. The maximum amount claimable for tutor hours from the grant must not exceed the current ETB tutor rate)
  • Materials required for a particular class or activity
  • Contribution towards administration costs (where no paid administration costs already exist)
  • Rent of venue
  • Publicity
  • Pre-development / capacity building work with groups
  • Cost of tea/coffee, light refreshments


Funding is not available for:

  • Repeat funding of groups for the same activities; such groups need to identify progression routes for participants and encourage new people to participate in programmes.
  • The funding of individuals to carry out training on behalf of a group is not acceptable (i.e. if the person applying for funding is the proposed tutor for the course)
  • Payment for individuals within the group to undertake training courses on their own behalf
  • Youth Clubs/Groups
  • Sports Clubs
  • Community Centre assets or materials such as computers, cookers, tables or other items
  • Day Trips
  • Lunches/Dinners


Community Education Support Programme: Funding and Guidelines

Completed application forms in respect of funding must be received no later than 5 weeks before the scheduled start date of the course.

ETB Comm Ed – Application Form 2018
ETB Comm Ed – Funding Guidelines 2018
ETB Oideachas Pobail – Foirm Iarratais 2018
ETB Oideachas Pobail – Treoirlínte 2018
Types of Courses


Sinéad Campbell
Áisitheoir Oideachais Pobail (Ceantair Ghaeltachta, Iarthar and Desiceart Dhún na nGall)
Community Education Facilitator (An Ghaeltacht, West and South Donegal)
Tel: 074 972 5520 or 087 357 3954


Catherine Friel
Community Education Facilitator (Inishowen, South and East Donegal)
Tel: 087 1853050


Trisha McGuinness
Administrator, Ard Scoil na gCeithre Máistir, Tír Chonaill St., Donegal Town.
Tel: 074 9725520 or 074 9725522