Educational Disadvantage Grant (MADEF)

Mitigating Against Educational Disadvantage Fund (MAEDF) Administered by Louth and Meath Education and Training Board


Mitigating Against Educational Disadvantage Fund (MAEDF) aim is to provide funding to support educationally disadvantage learners in accessing and participating in community education


The purpose of the Mitigating Against Educational Disadvantage Fund (MAEDF) is to assist Education and Training Boards to increase their capacity and that of community education providers to address the decline in participation of disadvantaged learners particularly those on literacy and basic skills programmes at NFQ levels 1 to 3. The Fund places a strong focus on community education as a mechanism to continue to support and engage with disadvantaged learners. In addition, there is a focus on enabling the investment in building the digital infrastructure of providers and their capability to ensure that online learning can be delivered in a way that meets the complex needs of all learners.

Administration of the MAEDF Grant

LMETB are responsible for the administration and management of funding within its region.  Funds are allocated by SOLAS to LMETB under Mitigating Against Educational Disadvantage Fund.


Approved funding allocation for any activity under the MAEDF must;

(a) Be used for specific purpose intended

(b) Be expended for by 2020 year-end

(c) Not be used for any pay costs or costs of a recurring nature

(d) Be compliant with Circular DPR 13/14 governing the payment of grants

(e) A tax clearance certificate for the grantee organisation must accompany each application.

(f) Maintenance of records of expenditure and production of same for audit purposes.


LMETB wish to invite Managers of Community Education Provision to make application under the criteria above. 

Applications must be received by 1:00pm on Tuesday 17th November 2020


Listed as follows are two categories eligible for funding consideration.

1) Digital Technologies

2) COVID-19 Exceptional Circumstances

1) Digital Technologies

Supply of devices where deemed to be a barrier to learning. Consideration to be given to:

  • The use of a laptop loan scheme for learners
  • A manged device service to ensure IT supports are available to providers to maximise the mitigation of barriers and ICT resourcing at local level
  • Secure relevant software and systems to facilitate high quality learning and delivery.
  • Secure CPD training as required.

Note: Capital threshold is based on the cost of any item in excess of €1,000 including VAT.  Larger capital items cannot be funded through this grant.

The above list is not exhaustive however, it is important that the nature and appropriateness of the expenditure for which assistance is being provided is clearly identified.

2) COVID-19 Exceptional Circumstances

COVID-19 Exceptional Circumstances Fund for Community Education to address educationally disadvantaged learners.

Applications must be made on the attached form and returned to the following email address:

Where email is not possible hardcopies of the form can be returned to:

FET Administration Office

LMETB Administrative Offices

Abbey Road


Co. Meath

C15 N67E

Applications must be received by 1:00pm on Tuesday 17th November 2020

Download the Application Form – Here