The SPƵվ is a designated Institute for Adult Learning (IAL) in England and in Scotland and receives public funding from various different sources, public, charitable and private. It also benefits from time being given by members.

Public funding (England)

SPƵվ receives its principal funding from the , which manages the grants for non-devolved areas in England

Esducation & Skills Funding Agency logo

Public funding (Scotland)

SPƵվ Scotland receives core funding from the in the form of a Strategic Funding Partnership Agreement with .

Education Scotland logo

Lottery funding

The SPƵվ also benefits from the .

National Lottery Community Fund logo

Charitable funding

Further income is sourced from a wide range of grant and contract funding sources, including health organisations, endowment fund and trusts grants. 

Corporates whose missions align with our own may also support the SPƵվ through donations as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility actions.

Volunteer impact

The SPƵվ is distinguished by the extensive roles played by volunteers, from governance through to classroom support. Ofsted said that “a key strength of the organisation has been, and continues to be, the strong historical bond that exists between employees and volunteer members of the organisation”. 

The input of volunteers makes our adult education work distinctive. Research conducted as part of the Government’s ‘Pound Plus’ methodology has estimated the value of volunteering to the SPƵվ to be in the order of £4 million per year.

Mayoral Combined Authorities

Increasingly, England’s education budget is becoming devolved to  and in the future unitary and county authorities. We provide education to learners in the following areas:

Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority logo
Funded by GMCA logo
South Yorkshire Combined Authority
West Midlands Combined Authority logo
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority logo
NECA logo
West of England Combined Authority logo
West Yorkshire Combined Authority logo