Integrated Communities English Language Programme

Status:  Open to applications

Application Deadline: 31 October 2018


Funding for local authorities, charities and private language providers in England to run new programmes which offer creative ways of teaching English to local residents, in order to help thousands of adults learn the native language and better integrate into society.
Fund Value: £ 6,000,000

Value Notes

There is up to £6 million available in 2019-20 to support successful projects.

MHCLG is looking to support only a small number of projects and applicants are invited to state the total amount of funding they are requesting in order to implement their project.

MHCLG will work with the recipient to agree the profile of the funding – the amount to be awarded; the size and frequency of instalments; and the timespan over which they will be made. These arrangements will reflect the implementation needs of the project.

Extended Description

The government’s Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper included a commitment to create a new community-based English language programme in areas of England with large concentrations of people who speak little or no English.

The Integrated Communities English Language Programme, due to commence in April 2019, aims to tackle a lack of English language skills, which has been identified as one of the key causes of poor integration. The programme is being provided by The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). MHCLG is offering funding to providers that are able to run new programmes which offer creative ways of teaching English to local residents.

The initiative will target adult learners, particularly women, who may be isolated by their inability to speak the language, and help them integrate into British society. This will be achieved by building their confidence to engage outside their immediate community and mix with people from different backgrounds, alongside improving proficiency in English.

The aim is to provide learning that focuses on handling practical daily scenarios, such as visiting the doctor, speaking to neighbours or teachers, helping children with schoolwork, shopping or accessing services from the Council.

Through the programme, MHCLG wants to build learning pathways so that participants can progress into classes suitable for them as their proficiency grows. To enable this, it will be essential for providers to build and develop strong links and partnerships with other local English language providers.

Latest Information

Applications must be received no later than 23:45 on Wednesday 31 October 2018.                                          

Key Criteria

Applications will be accepted from local authorities, charities and other providers of language learning in England. Organisations, consortiums or partnerships that are capable of delivering services at scale may lead the application.

The applicant body can be national or regional in scope but must capable of developing a network of local delivery hubs in places with a high number of people from segregated communities with poor English skills. Successful providers are likely to be those that operate across one or more regions.

Key characteristics of the programme’s target learners will include:

  • people with no or very little spoken English who would most benefit from pre–entry or entry level one support;
  • people who evidence suggests are more likely to have poor English skills, in particular women;
  • people who have been resident in the UK a minimum of 12 months;
  • people not in employment and not actively seeking employment at this stage (ie those not generally eligible for other types of fully funded support to learn English);
  • adults – this programme is directed at those aged 19 and over.

The Programme covers England only. The identified priority areas are:

  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Birmingham
  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Boston
  • Bradford
  • Brent
  • City of London, Westminster
  • Ealing
  • Enfield
  • Hackney
  • Haringey
  • Harrow
  • Hounslow
  • Leicester
  • Luton
  • Newham
  • Oldham
  • Pendle
  • Peterborough
  • Redbridge
  • Sandwell
  • Slough
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Waltham Forest

Eligible Expenditure

Through this competition, MHCLG wants to support provision that:

  • will deliver pre-entry to entry level 1 community-based English language provision to target learners through a network of local delivery hubs;
  • will build participants’ confidence to interact more widely in their local communities and mix with people from different backgrounds;
  • is targeted using the best available national and local sources of evidence of need;
  • reaches and engages learners who may not have previously taken steps to learn English;
  • adopts approaches to tuition that are proven to build confidence, encourage integration and improve proficiency in English;
  • supports learners in their progression through partnerships with other providers in the local area;
  • exhibits good governance and the collection of robust data to enable measurement of their progress in achieving the Programme’s aims; and
  • delivers genuine value for money, with robust programme management.


MHCLG cannot support projects which are aimed at those currently seeking asylum in the UK.

Payment Proceedure

Charities and social enterprises will initially be able to draw down the first 50% of the offer. Then, subject to hitting agreed milestones (within six months) they will then be able to access the additional 50%.

Application Procedure

Interested organisations must submit an application that demonstrates precisely how their proposal meets the MHCLG’s aims, outcomes and criteria as set out in this prospectus. Applicants must also demonstrate their ability to deliver the proposal at the necessary scale.

For any enquiries and to submit a completed application, interested parties should email:

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download here.
Contact details:
Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) 
2 Marsham Street 
030 3444 0000