Trusts And Foundations

Trusts and Foundations exist to give away money and normally provide clear and concise funding guidelines. Please be aware that many trusts have early deadlines, so you will need to allow plenty of time and start your funding search well in advance of the academic year for which you require financial support.

The following is a list of those that offer funding to individuals for education and training.  For a list of music specific trusts and foundations, click here

Students from Scotland or with Scottish parentage, please note that the charity, One Parent Families Scotland, has a useful factsheet with information on Scottish Educational Trust Funds.  See the relevant page of their website for details: Educational Trust Funds.

Anglo-Jewish Association
Awards worth between £500 and £3,000 are offered to Jewish applicants who intend to take a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at a UK university or conservatoire and can demonstrate outstanding academic credentials, acute financial need and a clear financial plan.
The applications must arrive by 30 April preceeding the commencement of the academic year for which the grant is requested, at the latest.   

Finnart House School Trust - Finnart Scholarships
Scholarships for Jewish applicants to study for a recognised qualification (degree or diploma) at a UK university.  Applicants must be aged under 21 at the time of starting the course of study and be going directly from 6th Form to University without taking a "Gap" year.  Applicants must also be eligible for home fees and be able to provide evidence of financial need.  Finnart scholarships are means tested; usually the family income will be below the national average and there may be several dependents.  
An application form is available on their website.
Applications must arrive by 30 April preceeding the commencement of the academic year for which the grant is requested, at the latest.

The Anglo-Czech Educational Fund (Charity Commission number: 1110348)
Educational grants for students from the Czech Republic to study primarily in the UK, USA and any European country, but the areas where studies are undertaken can be in any country worldwide. 

Dewar Arts Awards
To be eligible to apply, an applicant must:
- be under the age of 30;
- live or work in Scotland;
- demonstrate outstanding talent in any artform;
- be without the financial means to achieve their full potential.

The Elizabeth Evans Trust
To be eligible to apply, an applicant must:
-  be aged between 16 and 26 years (either at the time of applying, or during the academic year in which the award is to be made);
- be wishing to pursue a professional career in any aspect of the performing arts;
- be able to demonstrate a close association, or connection to Wales.

The George Drexler Foundation
Deadline for applications: 30 April (submitted online)
To be eligible to apply, an applicant must:
- be a UK undergraduate or post-graduate (not an overseas student) studying full-time;
- have a link with commerce (either the applicant, the applicant's parents or grandparents must have owned a commercial business. This does not include professional people i.e. doctors, accountants, architects, solicitors, etc.).

Gilchrist Educational Trust - Study Grants to Individuals
Applications from individuals may be submitted at any time of the year.
Applications are considered from students who have made proper provision to fund a degree or higher education course but find themselves facing unexpected financial difficulties which may prevent completion of it. Applicants will normally be in the last year of the course.  To be eligible to apply, an applicant must be full-time students at a British University.

The Greenwich Blue Coat Foundation
To be eligible to apply, an applicant must:
- be under 25 years of age;
- for not less than two years previous to their application been resident or attending school in the London Borough of Greenwich.
Trustees will consider awards for course fees, essential equipment or other course related expenses, but not maintenance (living costs) or travel costs.
The average award is around £500.
Applicants are required to complete an Application Form (available on the website) and will be required to provide evidence of their financial status.
The Trustees usually meet four times a year in January, April, July and November.

Il Circolo - Italian Cultural Association
Applications are invited from students, resident in the UK, attending a British Higher Education Institition, pursuing innovative research projects relating to Italian academic or cultural interests (Humanities, Art and Music).
Il Circolo Scholarships are awarded to cover the research project expenses only.
Deadline for applications: Friday 28 February 2014.

The Leathersellers' Company
Applicants  have an unconditional offer or already be enrolled on a full-time degree course at a UK University at the time of application.  Priority will be given to exceptional students from the Greater London area.  The maximum value of an award is £4,000 per annum.  They are currently closed for applications and will open again in Spring 2014.

Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust (full-time undergraduate students)
Deadline for applications: 5.00pm, 1 March 2014
To be eligible to apply, an applicant must be:
- a resident of the United Kingdom;
- studying for a full-time undergraduate degree at a recognised UK university;
- the child, spouse, widow or widower of a grocer, pharmacist or commercial traveller;
- in 'financial need'. 

Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust
Financial assistance to British artists, sculptors, writers, musicians and dancers.
As a general guide the maximum award would be £1,000 but, in exceptional circumstances, the Trustees may consider making a larger award.
Awards are made in December of each year with the closing date for applications being 7 October.  Application forms can be downloaded from the website.

Philological Foundation (Charity commission number: 312692)
Financial assistance to children and young men and women who are or have been pupils at any secondary school in the City of Westminster or the London Borough of Camden, and who need financial assistance to pursue their higher or further education or to travel for educational purposes.
Application forms are available from the Clerk to the Trustees: [email protected]
The committee meets six times a year in January, February, April, July, September and December.

The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust (Masters and Doctoral students)
Funds students pursuing postgraduate degree students from all fields of study.
To be eligible to apply, you need to be:
- over the age of 24 on 01 October of the year of study;
- either accepted on, or applying for a full- or part-time place on a Masters or Doctoral degree programme in any discipline, at a UK university;
- already resident in the UK at the time of application, and resident in the UK during the course of study.
Applications are welcome from students beginning their first year of study, as well as from those already embarked on their degree course.
They have now reached the maximum number of applications they can consider for grants for the academic year 2014/15, so no more application packs are being issued.

Roger De Haan Charitable Trust (RDHCT) - Creative Arts Bursary
The Trust can also support exceptionally talented individuals, living in or near Shepway, Kent, who wish to pursue higher education opportunities in the Creative and Performing Arts.
Short Courses:
Young people aged 13 to early twenties, living in Shepway, will also be considered for help with fees and other expenses to attend high quality short courses, such as those operated by the National Youth Theatre, National Youth Orchestra, National Youth Ballet School, Royal Opera House or similar.
An application form is available on the website.

Rutlish Foundation
Grants are available to those attending university, providing that the applicant:
- attended Rutlish School for at least 3 years or
- was born in the Ancient Parish of Merton or
- is a resident in the Ancient Parish of Merton.
If you wish to check if you live in the area of benefit please contact the clerk with your address.
Grants are intended to provide some help with such things as specialist equipment, books, computers, travel expenses, sport and other extra-mural activities.
An application and regulations are available from the clerk ([email protected]) and also from the Rutlish School website.

The South Square Trust
Assists individuals wishing to study full-time undergraduate or postgraduate level courses (excluding foundation level and research degrees - e.g PhD.) courses connected with the Fine and Applied Arts, which includes courses in music and in dance.  Preference is given to those looking for funding for the third year of an undergraduate course or for postgraduate study, and to those who have mainly been educated in the UK.  The online application form should be submitted by the end of April for courses starting in September.

The Tait Memorial Trust
The Trust offers awards/grants for postgraduate study, performance opportunities to young Australian musicians and performing artists and general help in the furtherance of their careers while resident in the UK.

Sir William Boreman's Foundation
The Foundation awards grants to provide financial assistance to young people who are ordinarily resident in Greenwich and Lewisham, are full or part-time students, aged below 25 and from low-income backgrounds.  The Foundation awards grants to cover living expenses in order to allow individuals to continue their education or training.  To be eligible to apply, an applicant must be a UK national or have settled status.

Women's Careers Foundation (Charity Commission number: 313159)
The Foundation provides financial assistance towards the education and the vocational and professional training or girls and women who are in need of such assistance.  All recipients must be British citizens.

The Yorkshire Ladies' Council of Education (YLCE) Educational Awards Fund
Provides small awards (between £100 and £500) to help British women (aged over 21) who cannot finance their chosen educational course from their own resources and who do not qualify for local authority support.  Grants support FEES ONLY and are paid direct to institutions on behalf of applicants.  The Awards Committee meets four times a year to consider the applications for grants.

Support for travel

Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund (LUTSF)
LUTSF supports individuals working in all areas of movement and dance who wish to travel in order to enrich their practice and pursue a personal passion. Applications are welcomed from choreographers, performers, lecturers/teachers, writers, therapists, administrators and related professionals. The average scholarship in the last few years has been around £600, although very occasionally larger awards are made.  
The Application Form is available on the LUTSF website from 1st September each year. Completed applications are required by 25th January of the following year for projects taking place between April of that year and April of the following year. Where January 25th is a Sunday, application forms must be received by the 24th. 

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
The Trust awards 
Travelling Fellowships to British citizens from all walks of life to travel overseas, to bring back knowledge and best practice for the benefit of others in their UK professions and communities. 

Funding Application Advice

Applying to Trusts and Foundations - Do's & Don'ts

  • Allow plenty of time - many trusts have early deadlines so begin your funding search well in advance of the academic year for which you require financial support
  • Presentation - prepare your application carefully so that it makes a good first impression
  • Ask for specific sums of money and provide a budget outline if possible
  • Explain clearly in any covering letter or personal statement exactly what you will gain from undertaking your programme of study 
  • Don't overload the application with attachments - try to make the maximum impact with the minimum of paper and other information

Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, Director of Music at Trinity Laban, has devised some top tips to assist you in making a successful application for funding. Click here to access this advice.

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Please note whilst every effort has been made to provide up-to-date information on the funding organisations listed above, we cannot guarantee that the information is correct and recommend that you consult the literature produced by the individual funding organisations for complete and up-to-date information as well as for relevant application forms.

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