6 Aug 2021

AONTAS Welcomes Opportunity for Community Education Groups and Learners to Access Second Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund

AONTAS has advocated for specific funding support for community education through engagement with the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, and Minister Simon Harris TD. AONTAS welcomed the first iteration of the Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund (MAEDF) in 2020, and is delighted a second round of this vital funding is being rolled out nationwide.

AONTAS advocated for this fund in 2020 and again in 2021, as evidenced by the CEN Census 2020 research, the COVID-19 Community Education Support fund for 2020/2021 and the Pre-Budget submission 2021. AONTAS CEO Niamh O’Reilly recently published an update and reflection of AONTAS’ advocacy for a fairer distribution of funding for community education during COVID-19. Please click here to read this reflection.

Below, we direct AONTAS members to helpful links and updates on how they may access the MAED Fund.

About the MAEDF

The Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund is now open for applications. The fund was launched by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD and is administered by SOLAS. Funding applications should be submitted to your local Education and Training Board. Click here for information on how to contact your local ETB. The deadlines to submit MAEDF funding applications vary between Education and Training Boards. AONTAS has made a note of some deadlines below.*

Categories eligible for funding are:


AONTAS’ MAEDF Workshop Webinar

To view the recording from the webinar please click here.

*Education and Training Boards – Deadlines to apply to the MAEDF

Please refer back to this page for regular updates. AONTAS will add dates as they become available.

Friday, 10th September 2021 

5pm on Friday, 10th September 2021 

3pm on Friday, 17th September 2021 

Thursday, 16th September 2021 

Close of business on Monday, 13th September 

12.00 midday on Monday, 13th September 2021 

Thursday, 16th September 2021 

4pm on Monday, 13th September 2021

Friday, 24th September 2021

1pm on Tuesday, 7th September 2021

5pm on Friday, 10th September 

5pm on Friday, 17th September 2021

Friday, 17th September 2021 

Friday, 17th September 2021


To access frequently asked questions, helpful tips, and possible items for spending, please click here.

AONTAS members are reminded to contact AONTAS Head of Advocacy, Dearbháil Lawless at with any queries related to the MAEDF.