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. The list is not exhaustive and you will need to do your own research to find others (see the other pages in this section).
Scottish International Education Trust
The Trust makes grants to individuals (especially to those who are Scottish by birth or by upbringing) who have already shown ability and promise and wish to take their studies or training a stage further in order to launch themselves on a career. Priority is given to postgraduate students. Applications may be submitted at any time and a grant can awarded at this point, or the application may be submitted to the full board of Trustees for a second assessment. The full board of Trustees meets twice a year. Applications should be submitted no later than 7 February or 7 August to allow time for the initial assessment and a possible second assessment. Further information is available on the website.
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.
The James Pantyfedwen Foundation - Grant Aid for Educational Purposes (postgraduate study)
Applications can only be considered for postgraduate study and some priority is currently given to those students undertaking postgraduate research work. Applicants must have a permanent address in Wales at sometime during the three years immediately preceding the date of application. See the website for full guidance notes for student applications.
The closing date for applications is June 30 in each year. Application forms are available from 1 April in any year.
AJA UJS Student Welfare Fund – British students studying in the UK:
In partnership with UJS, the Anglo-Jewish Association offers means-tested grants to assist Jewish students (who are British Citizens) with the costs of further education in the UK.
AJA Karten Scholarship Programme – Israeli post-grads studying in the UK:
In partnership with other charities, The Anglo-Jewish Association offers grants to assist Israeli students studying at post-graduate level (Masters or PhDs) in the UK. Applicants of all religions and for all subjects are welcome.
To find out more about either of these programmes, please visit the website: www.anglojewish.org.uk
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 preceding 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.
Contact: Mr Paul Sheils, Moon Beever Solicitors, Bedford House, 21A John Street, London WC1N 2BF
Tel: 020 7400 7770
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.
An application form is available on the website. Awards are allocated on a rolling basis, so there are no deadlines to meet.
The George Drexler Foundation
Deadline for applications: 31 March (submitted online)
Applications for financial bursaries (within the range £500 to a maximum of £2,000) are accepted from UK citizens to support a recognised educational course in the UK. In assessing applications, the Trustees wish to identify and assist particularly gifted or talented individuals who are struggling to support themselves financially through university or college. To be eligible for support, applicants must have a personal or family link with commerce (either the applicant, the applicant's parents or grandparents must have worked in or owned a commercial business. This does not include professional people i.e. doctors, accountants, architects, solicitors, etc.).
If you are applying for support and are studying at one of the below eight institutes please contact your school directly, as the Foundation offers separate schemes with them:
University College London, University of Nottingham, University of Liverpool, Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry, Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Purcell School.
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. Applicants must be full-time students at a British University. Those seeking funds to enable them to take up a place on a course are not eligible for consideration.
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 Royal Borough of Greenwich (this includes study at Trinity Laban).
Trustees are particularly interested in supporting young people with limited means from the Royal Borough of Greenwich in furthering their educational or life skills or to assist their entry to a chosen career path. Trustees will consider awards for course fees, essential equipment or other course related expenses.
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
These are awarded to several categories of undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers to pursue their studies.
The Ha Grant
A £300 grant that is awarded to one final year student studying at an arts institute or on an arts degree in London (UK) at an undergraduate or postgraduate level.
The application cycle is from 1- 30 November. The first 50 applications will be considered. Therefore, the application cycle will close once this number is reached, or the 30 November 2015 has passed; whichever comes first. Information about how to apply is available on the website.
The Leathersellers' Company
Applicants must have an unconditional offer, or already be enrolled on a full-time degree course at a UK University at the time of application. Priority may sometimes be given to exceptional students from the Greater London area. The maximum value of an award is £4,000 per annum. They are now closed for applications for the academic year 2015/2016. The closing date for submitting applications was midnight Friday 5 June 2015. If you are considering applying for their next round in Autumn 2015, find out if you are eligible by reading the criteria and guidelines on their website for help and hints. Applications are submitted via an online form.
Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust (full-time undergraduate students)
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; and
- in 'financial need'.
The most that you can apply for is £3,000 a year. However, the amount that you receive depends on your financial need, and the total amount of funding the Trust has available to distribute in each year.
To apply, you need to fill in the online application form. There are two deadlines for applications: 1 March and 1 November.
Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust
Financial assistance to British artists, sculptors, writers, musicians and dancers.
Successful applicants must be over 30 years of age on December 1st in the year in which the application is made and British Subjects born within Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man (Section 34 of the Race Relations Act applies).
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.
Individual recipients of grants must be under 26 years of age at the start of the period to which the grant relates and be or have been pupils at a secondary school in the City of Westminster or London Borough of Camden. Grants are given to support apprenticeships, further or higher education at colleges or universities, attendance at schools of art, music, dancing or drama, travel for educational purposes or preparation for a profession, trade, occupation or service. Applications will not be considered for doctoral study.
You can download an application form from the website and will be able to apply online in the future. Trustees meet at least five times a year.
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.
For full eligibility criteria, please see the website.
Applications are welcome from students beginning their first year of study, as well as from those already embarked on their degree course. Awards are competitive and made on the basis of academic merit and financial need.
Application packs for the 2016/17 academic year will be available from 4 January 2016. The deadline for submissions is either 31 March 2016, or the first 300 completed applications received, whichever comes first.
Roger De Haan Charitable Trust (RDHCT) - Creative Arts Bursary
Through the Creative Arts Bursary, the Trust supports exceptionally talented individuals living in Shepway, Kent, who wish to pursue higher education opportunities in the Creative and Performing Arts. Students may not apply for funding if they have already started the year which they are applying for. Subsequent years may be considered.
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. The course must be one for which you attend audition.
Within the terms of the Trust, funding can only be agreed in cases of real financial need, so it is really important to make your financial circumstances clear.
An application form is available on the website.
The Foundation makes grants to students under the age of 25 years. They may exceptionally give consideration to older candidates. Grants are intended to assist students taking full time first degree or comparable courses at Universities, or other educational establishments. Research students and those taking further degree courses may also be considered.
Applicants must be people born in or ordinarily resident in the Ancient Parish of Merton or have attended Rutlish School for at least three years.
If you wish to check if you live in the area of benefit please contact the Clerk to the Trustees with your address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
An application form and further guidelines on applying are available on the Rutlish School website.
The Tait Memorial Trust
The Trust offers awards/grants for postgraduate study, performance opportunities to Australian musicians and performing artists and general help in the furtherance of their careers while resident in the UK.
Applicants must be:
- Australian citizens
- or domiciled in Australia
- and be under the age of 35
- plan to study in the United Kingdom
For information about how to apply and for deadline dates for submitting completed applications, please see the website.
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 have a total household income of £30,000 gross (before tax) or less. 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. For full guidelines on who is eligible to apply, please see the website. An application form is available on the website.
The Community Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon
Grants to Individuals:
Scholarship Grants - One Degree More
Scholarship Grants support young people who want to gain an undergraduate university degree. The Foundation offers scholarships to talented individuals to help them overcome difficult financial circumstances and achieve their potential. They provide grants of up to £1,500 per annum, plus the possibility of an extra £500 for certain situations and courses. Applicants must live in Swindon or Wiltshire, be aged between 17 and 24 at the time of application and either they or their parents/carers must be in receipt of means tested benefits. Grants awarded for each year of the course. Current closing date for Expressions of Interest: 30 March 2017.
Vocational Grants are open to individuals aged between 14 and 25 to support course costs - especially vocational courses - as well as young people on Apprenticeships or looking to start a business. Applicants must live in Swindon or Wiltshire and either they or their parents/ carers must be in receipt of means tested benefits. Grants are up to £1,000.
Women's Careers Foundation (Charity Commission number: 313159)
The Foundation is able to provide small, one-off grants of up to £250 towards the education and the vocational and professional training or girls and women who are in need of such assistance. Please note that, as a small charity, their ability to make financial awards is limited.
All recipients must be British citizens. There is a minimum age of 16 years for courses in music or dance (otherwise the minimum age is 21).
No awards are granted for PhD study.
There should be some funds available, or expected, for realistically contemplating the course.
Application forms can be requested between 1 September and 31 January by writing to Mrs B Hayward at the address below (enclosing a STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE).
Completed forms should be returned to Mrs B Hayward at the same address by mid-February as late arrivals cannot be processed.
Mrs B Hayward, Women's Careers Foundation, 2 Watch Oak, Blackham, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9TP.
The Yorkshire Ladies' Council of Education (YLCE) Educational Awards Fund
Provides small awards (between £100 and £500) to help British women (aged 21 years or older) who have been offered a place at a British educational institution and who cannot finance their chosen educational course from their own resources and who do not qualify for Student Loan Company support. Grants support FEES ONLY and are paid direct to institutions on behalf of applicants. Applications are assessed in September, January, March and June and completed forms must be received by the first day of the relevant month. An application form and full guidelines for applicants are available on the website.
Support For Travel
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.
The Application Form will be available on the LUTSF website from November 20th 2017. Completed applications are required by January 18th 2018 for projects taking place between 1st April 2018 and 30th April 2019.
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
The Trust awards Travelling Fellowships to British citizens from all walks of life to travel overseas, to bring back fresh ideas and new solutions to today’s issues, for the benefit of others in the UK.
Applications are accepted from May until the end of September for travel the following year. For more details and to apply, visit the website.
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.
- Funding directories
- Online Resources
- Music specific trusts and foundations
- Other funding opportunities
- Funding for international students
- Funding for students with disabilities
- Musical Instrument funding
- Funding application advice
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.