- We can only make grants to people who are under the age of 26 years when they start their course of study.
- We can support young people to pursue further or higher education, to attend a school of art, to travel as part of their course, or to prepare for a profession, trade or apprenticeship.
- We want to support young people whose families find it difficult to give them financial help while they are studying.
- Our grants to individuals are usually £1,000 a year and, if we decide to support someone, we can do so for the length of their course.
- We ask applicants to provide the name of a referee who knows about the financial difficulties you are facing in pursuing your education. This will probably be a member of staff at your school or place of study. Please make sure that you download and give this person the document called “Information for Referees” when you ask them to be your referee.
- We will not give a grant to an applicant who has declined a loan under the official government scheme. If you have received a loan which is less than the full amount, we will ask you to explain the reason why.
- You should apply to us before the period for which you need help as we do not fund retrospective applications. Our meetings are usually held in February, April, June, September and December. Therefore if you are making an application for an academic year beginning in the autumn, it is best to get your application to us for our June meeting at the latest. Then if we have further questions, which we often do, there is still time for you to supply the information.
- If we decide to support you, we will give your grant in two or more tranches. If you apply before starting your course, you will need to provide us with evidence that you are taking up your place of study in order to receive the first tranche. We will ask for a short report by email on your progress and the difference that the grant has made before we send the next tranche. We also ask you to send a longer report (not more than 500 words) at the end of the grant period. We may use this information for publicity purposes although we can anonymise this if you wish.
- We are able to support students for the length of their course provided that they are under 26 years of age at the start of the academic year, but we require a new application each year.