Educational grant providers 

including funding towards course fees, educational materials, and travel costs

This page gives an overview of providers of grants to support young people’s education and help them meet the costs of fees, travel, educational resources and equipment. 

Please note this is not an exhaustive list, and provides suggestions for possible sources of funding. Please visit each providers’ webpage for up to date information on eligibility criteria and current application deadlines/statuses (if applicable). Page last updated: October 2020.

Firstly, check out this great resource from Turn2Us. This grant search tool allows students to enter their postcode to access information on grants that they could apply for. 

Here are some providers of grants and funding to look at:

The Black Heart Scholars Programme 

Summary: The Black Heart Scholars Programme awards several annual bursaries to candidates to advance their educational goals and life aspirations, where they might otherwise not have been able to do so. The programme is open to different stages of education.  

For further information:

The COSARAF Charitable Foundation’s Sheikh Family Scholars’ Fund

Summary: The Sheikh Family Scholars’ Fund awards hardship funds to undergraduate Muslim home students in significant financial need, particularly those suffering unexpected hardship. Grants can be made up to £2,000 per annum, but most grants are between £500-£1,000. Grants are processed on an annual basis (in October). 

For further information: 

Helena Kennedy Foundation 

Summary: Helen Kennedy Foundation provides support, in the form of a bursary usually up to £2,250, for support with higher education costs. This grant is part of a wider package of support, including personal and practical support and opportunities to support young people’s transition into and through higher education. 

For further information:

Hope for the Young 

Summary: Hope for the Young provides support for refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented young people to complete their education. Grants of up to £4,500 are provided to those who have no access to government funds or who are facing significant financial hardship. Grants are processed on an annual basis (in April).

For further information:

Lawrence Atwell’s Charity 

Summary: Lawrence Atwell’s Charity awards grants of up to £1,500 to young people aged 16 to 26 to help with courses (up to level 3) that will help them move into employment. Funding can be given for course fees, buying equipment, travel and educational resources. 

For further information: 

The Mary Trevelyan Hardship Fund

Summary: The Mary Trevelyan Hardship Fund provides grants or loans of up to £1,000 available to students in London who have found themselves in unexpected financial difficulties during their studies at a higher education institution in London.

For further information:

National Zakat Foundation Education Fund 

Summary: The Education Fund provides grants for education and training to help Muslims who can demonstrate a high level of commitment to community service, to help them to better serve Islam and Muslims in the UK. Grants can be made of up to £10,000 per year, but the amount made available depends on financial circumstances and the course selected to complete, up to £10,000 per year. 

For further information:

Ruth Hayman Trust 

Summary: Ruth Hayman Trust provides regular, small grants throughout the year to support the education and training of adults who have come to settle in the UK and whose first language is not English. These grants are particularly helpful for ESOL fees, and are generally up to around 400 GBP. 

For further information:

Schwab Educational Grants 

Summary: Schwab Educational Grants provides grants of up to £2,000 for education resources and materials to young people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds. 

For further information:

Thomas Wall Trust 

Summary: Thomas Wall Trust provides grants to support motivated adults living in the UK and experiencing financial or other challenges to undertake education and training (up to level 3) that will increase their chances of employment. Eligible applicants will have been unemployed for at least 6 months within the last 2 years. Grants of up to £1,500 are offered.

For further information:

Depending on the student’s personal circumstances and the institution that they will be studying at, they could also consider applying to: 

Buttle UK 

Summary: Buttle UK awards grants of up to £2,000 to estranged young people (who receive no support from their parents or guardians) aged 16 to 20 for support with education, employment and training, setting up home, and improving emotional and physical wellbeing. Applications should be made by statutory or voluntary organisations on a young person’s behalf. 

For further information:

Family Action Educational Grants 

Summary: Family Action distributes grants to individuals over the age of 14, looking to unlock their educational potential by participating in further education. Note that the education institution needs to have an established partnership with Family Action in order for the prospective student to be eligible.  

For further information:

The Prince's Trust 

Summary: The Prince’s Trust awards grants for young people aged 17-25, working fewer than 16 hours, or in education for fewer than 14 hours per week, to help with getting into work, education or training. Loans are also on offer to help young people start a business.

For further information:

If the prospective student is a care leaver, they could consider applying to:

Capstone Care Leavers Trust 

Summary: The Capstone Care Leavers Trust awards grants of between £300 to £2,000 to care leavers aged 17-25 for education courses and equipment (including travel), driving lessons/tests and household items. 

For further information:

The Care Leavers’ Foundation

Summary: The Care Leavers’ Foundation awards grants of up to £400 to care leavers aged 18-29 for things like household items, emergency living expenses, education costs, medical needs, training and employment. 

For further information:

The Rees Foundation 

Summary: The Rees Foundation may be able to help care experienced people with grants for training courses to help them get into employment.  

For further information:

The Spark Foundation 

Summary: The Spark Foundation awards grants of up to £600 to care leavers up to age 25 for setting up home, education/employment, skills and interests. 

For further information:

Unite Foundation

Summary: Unite Foundation provides scholarships to students under the age of 25 who are care leavers/experienced or who are estranged from their family. The scholarship gives these students a free student bedroom in a purpose built United Students building for a maximum of 3 years during their university life - covering all costs (rent and bills). Note, prospective students must be applying to study at a Unite Foundation partner university.

For further information:

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