ACFE Board Capacity and Innovation Fund

The Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board's Capacity and Innovation Fund provides opportunities for Learn Local providers 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 (CAIF) – Round 11

Learn Local providers and Adult Education Institutions are advised that CAIF Round 11 will consist of 3 project categories, with a different approach, process and timeline for each category.

  • Category 1 Provider Initiated Projects – designed and initiated by providers with a focus on capacity building for providers to respond to priority learner group needs. These projects should build provider capacity: through innovative and sustainable models of delivery, development of products that demonstrate a broader application across the sector, provide support for learner engagement and participation, improve quality of program delivery or develop pathways to further education and employment.
  • Category 2 State-wide Projects - these projects will be identified and scoped by the Department in consultation with the ACFE Board and focus on building provider capacity to engage and respond to the needs of learners. A Project Brief for each of the eight ACFE Regional Council Areas will be developed by the Department
  • Category 3 Regional projects – these projects respond to individual issues of specific concern and importance to each of the ACFE Regional Council areas. A Project Brief for each of the eight ACFE Regional Council Areas will be developed by the Department

Expressions of Interest CAIF Round 11 – Category 1 Provider Initiated Projects open Tuesday 11 December 2018 to Friday 15 February 2019

Applications are invited from Learn Local providers and Adult Education Institutions for CAIF Round 11 Category 1 – Provider Initiated Projects. Providers who wish to participle in this category should address one or more of the aims of Category 1 as outlined in the guidelines.

Further information on the Capacity and Innovation Fund Round 11 – Category 1 and the application process are available on the Department of Education and Training (DET) website.


Expressions of Interest for Category 2 State-wide projects and Category 3 Regional projects will open late January 2019.

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

Round 1 to 10

A list of Learn Local organisations that have been successful through round 1, 2011 to round 10, 2018 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: