Community Learning Innovation Fund 'Projects in a Box'

The Community Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF) was a £4 million grants fund from the Skills Funding Agency, administered by NIACEdefinition, which funded 96 community learning projects in 2012/13. The projects have now published 'Projects in a Box' listed at These include all the information and resources needed to replicate the project. They may be of particular interest to EDIFdefinition projects because of their lessons learnt, and also for ideas on how to report on impact. Several of them had particularly strong equality objectives. For example:

  • The Rix Centre’s ICICLE Project co-developed an inclusive ‘Online Community Learning Environment’ with adults with learning disabilities, to build ICTdefinition and web skills and enable people to realise their goals and take a more active part in their communities.
  • Derbyshire Mind's History of New Communities in Derby project worked with local museums to enable disadvantaged communities in Derby to explore the history of new communities in Derby, how they have been integrated and the impact on the host community. This was done through creative workshops delivered to people from Derby’s new communities and people with mental health problems.
  • Southwark Council’s Volunteer Passport encouraged greater understanding between Southwark and Lambeth BMEdefinition communities and local cultural organisations. Through recruitment, training, brokering and support the Passport aimed to remove barriers to volunteering for BME communities and cultural organisations to mutual benefit and development.


NIACE and the Agency will shortly be publishing more information about the impact and lessons learnt from the CLIF.