Lifelong Learning Council of Red Deer

The Lifelong Learning Council of Red Deer  provides leadership in supporting equitable learning and literacy opportunities and removing barriers to both.

We Fund Adult Learning

Service Providers

We fund a multitude of programs for adult learners, ranging from English as a second language to foundational skills training.

If you would like to receive funding for your program, we have one granting period per year (July 1st-June 30th)
with applications due March 1st.

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Granting Procedure

Through the Community Adult Learning Program, Alberta Advanced Education provides funding to support the delivery of part-time, non-formal adult learning opportunities in local communities. The Community Adult Learning Program promotes a vision that:

Adults acquire and build on foundational learning skills through vibrant learning communities.

In alignment with this vision, a logic model and outcomes measurement framework have been developed to show the relationship among the resources available for the program, the activities performed, and the results that the program hopes to achieve. The logic model identifies the following four ultimate outcomes to guide the program:

  1. Adult learners are proficient in foundational skills.
  2. Adult learners participate in further learning opportunities.
  3. Adult learners navigate the learning system.
  4. Adult learners benefit from learning opportunities within their communities.

The Lifelong Learning Council of Red Deer funds non-profit organizations to deliver non-credit, part-time adult learning programs for barriered learners.

These social and economic barriers may include:

  • Low literacy or learning challenges;
  • Cultural or social isolation, including English language challenges facing newcomers to Alberta or other barriers to participating in the community;
  • Lack of resources or confidence to access information and services to support their own learning, such as participating in learning opportunities for a fee, seeking out information at the library or online, seeking assistance from other agencies;
  • Low income, housing, mental health or other personal or family challenges.

Our funding is provided to programs that focus on:

  • Adult Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • English Language Learning
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Foundational Life Skills
  • Family Literacy
  • Community Capacity Building

Information taken from “Community Adult Learning Program Guidelines”, July 2016.

Our 2017 application deadline is March 10th. Our programming year is July 1st – June 30th. Emerging Needs and Special Project Applications are accepted throughout the year.

The Council staff will review the eligibility of each application. Applications will be reviewed shortly after the deadline by the Grant Allocation Committee. If there is need for clarification or questions to be answered you will be contacted.

Learners must be new students. Our mandate requires we reach many individuals rather than a small group of repeat learners. You will report on how many “unique” learners you serve.

No agency may receive more than 30% of the annual program budget.

You are required to submit summary evaluations including numbers of learners and program outcomes by September 15th. These figures are submitted to our funder, Alberta Advanced Education.

There is no Council membership fee. Agencies will be asked to commit to a ‘Memorandum of Agreement’ which recognizes the agency as a member. The Lifelong Learning Council will require your support and commitment to attend meetings and events. Associate memberships are available to individuals or agencies who support adult learning and the Council but are not eligible for funding.

Grant Allocation Checklist

This checklist is for reference only and not required as part of the application for funding and is used by the Grant Allocation Committee to assess each application.

Is the program:

  • For non-credit learning?
  • For barriered learners or volunteers?
  • Minimum 6-8 participants?
  • Part-time? (part-time is generally max. 20 hours per week, 100 hours per course)
  • For Red Deer residents?
  • For learners over the age of 18?
  • Non-sectarian? (open to all)
  • Not general interest? (General interest courses are to be cost recoverable and not eligible for funding)
  • Addressing learning needs that are currently not being met in the community because programs are difficult to access or unavailable?
  • Following a documented curriculum or course outline?
  • Not already fully funded by other federal/provincial sources?
  • Tuition charge reflects the course fees or the course is targeted to financially barriered learners?
  • Running between July 1st, 2017 – June 30th, 2018?

Which Required Programming Area does this application fall into?

(This must be stated on the application)

Eligible programming must provide learning opportunities to support any of the following seven categories:

  • Adult Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • English Language Learning
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Foundational Life Skills
  • Family Literacy
  • Community Capacity Building

More detailed descriptions of these categories may be found in our downloadable checklist and in the “Community Adult Learning Program Guidelines”, July 2016.

 

 

Our Goals

We Want Adult Learners To Succeed!

Our Goals Include

  • To advocate for awareness and urgency on program/learning gaps in our community.
  • To convene a “Lifelong Learning Inter-agency” for ongoing networking and enhancing collaboration opportunities for more coordinated efforts.
  • To increase our profile and community’s awareness of what we offer.
  • To diversify our funding so we can broaden our mandate (being mindful of not competing with agencies we fund, but rather enabling agencies we fund to do more by facilitating funding opportunities).

We don’t provide service, we support it!

Are you looking for programs?

Funded Program Providers

Looking for learning opportunities?

These are our currently funded community organizations in the Red Deer and central Alberta region.

If you are looking for a program to help you gain new skills, or meet your goals, browse their websites below:

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

~ Henry Ford

How Can We Help?

Contact us today!

Contact us today.

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Even though we don’t directly provide services, we can try to help you find a class that fits your needs. Referrals are easy and free! You can also visit our program provider index to browse programs we fund.

Lifelong Learning Council of Red Deer
#200, 4315 – 55 Avenue
Red Deer, Alberta
T4N 4N7

Ph: 403 343-1322
Fax: 403 343-1324

LeeAnne Shinski – Executive Director
Email: info@learningrd.ca

Kareen Lambert – Literacy and Learning Support Coordinator
Email: literacy@learningrd.ca

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Kurt Spady, Chair
Jordan Roy, Vice-Chair
Gordon Wright, Treasurer
Doris MacKinnon, Secretary
Pamela Taylor, Director

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