ACFE Board Capacity and Innovation Fund

The Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board's Capacity and Innovation Fund provides opportunities for Learn Local organisations to develop and implement projects designed to meet learner needs and to increase participation and attainment in pre-accredited training programs.

Capacity and Innovation Fund Round 10 Aims

The Capacity and Innovation Fund Round 10 aims have been updated to reflect the priorities in the ACFE Board Strategy 2016-2019 for priority learner cohorts.

The CAIF Round 10 aims to support:

  • Learner engagement and participation
  • Quality programs delivery
  • Pathways to further education and employment

For further information about the Capacity and Innovation Fund, see:  CAIF Round 10 Guidelines (docx - 656.73kb)

How Do I Apply for Funding?

Application for CAIF Round 10 will open on 24 January 2018 and close COB 28 February 2018
  1. Download and read the CAIF 10 Guidelines   (docx - 656.73kb) 
  2. Download and complete the CAIF 10 Application Form (doc - 163kb)
  3. Download and complete the CAIF 10 Budget, Project Plan and Risk Mitigation Templates (xls - 428kb)
  4. Where applicable complete the Business Case Template (docx - 72.74kb) (for projects over $100,000)
  5. If you are applying as a Consortium please ensure you have obtained a signed Letter of Commitment to the project that is signed by all partners.
  6. Please do not PDF any of the templates on submission
  7. Submit your application and any related documentation to no later than COB Wednesday 28 February. Late applications will not be accepted.

Note: All applications will be acknowledged on receipt by department staff. If you have not received a response within 5 working days, please contact your regional office to confirm your application has been received. Please check your SPAM filters in case emails from the department go astray.

Reporting Templates

The ACFE Board is committed to funding projects that lead to tangible outcomes for Learn Local organisations and for learners.  Communicating what has been achieved through CAIF projects is equally important so that innovation and best practices can be shared across the Learn Local sector.  

In order for the ACFE Board to know whether or not a funded project is on track or has been successful, Learn Local organisations who have successfully applied for CAIF funds must regularly report on the status of the project. The number of reports required will depend on the length of your project.

CAIF Round 10 templates

CAIF Round 9 templates

Round 1 to 9

A list of Learn Local organisations that have been successful through Round 1, 2011 to Round 9, 2017 can be found below:

Publication of final products

In some cases, Learn Local organisations develop products through the Capacity and Innovation funding which have the potential to be shared across the Learn Local and vocational training sector. The ACFE Board has released guidelines for publication of these products on the Department website. Learn Local organisations are invited to submit an application for consideration.

Guidelines for Publication of Products on the Department website (Doc, 177kb)

More information

For more information, see: