The Alper Charitable Trust

Interest-free loans of up to £500 are available from The Alper Charitable Trust to buy a musical instrument. Preference for applicants from East Anglia. Applications should be by letter; person in need must make the application. SAE and two references required. Please send applications to Simon Alper, Chilford Hall, Linton, Cambridge, CB1 6LE. For more information call Simon on 01223 895605 or email simonalper@chilfordhall.co.uk

The Arts Council

The Arts Council provides grants from £1,000 to £30,000 (average £5,000) for individuals or arts organisations involved in arts-related activities that benefit people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations in England to carry out their work. 0845 300 6200

The Berridge Trust

The Berridge Trust supports the training of teachers of food and nutrition. Applications should be made using the application form from the website. The person in need must make the application. SAE and two referees required.01883 331 177

Care to Learn

If you are under 20 and want to start or return to learning, Care to Learn may be able to pay for your childcare costs. 0800 121 8989

The Carpenter's Company

Educational grants are awarded by The Carpenter's Company for wood related courses undertaken in the UK. Awards are considered annually in July and no grants are awarded retrospectively. Currently the maximum grant per year awarded to a student is £2,400.

They also award grants for charitable causes which are considered annually in November. The closing date for the submission of completed forms is 1st October. Currently the maximum grant awarded is £5,000.

The Cherubim Music Trust

The Cherubim Music Trust helps young musicians take the vital step from talented student to a career in music by loaning professional quality instruments, which it purchases with the aid of public donations. 

Children Today Charitable Trust

The Children Today Charitable Trust supports children and young people with disabilities under 25. Grants are available for up to £1,000 to provide vital, life-changing specialist equipment, such as wheelchairs, walking aids, trikes, educational toys, communication aids, lifting and posturepaedic sleep equipment and specially designed sensory equipment like fibre optic sprays. 01244 335 622

Dr Meena Sharma Memorial Foundation

The Dr Meena Sharma Memorial Foundation has a preference for disadvantaged women in India and UK, and collaborations helping women and children in India. Applications are invited from individuals, not organisations. Write to MSM Foundation, 14 Magdalene Road, Walsall, WS1 3TA

Educational Grants Advisory Service

The Educational Grants Advisory Service helps students who are over 16, “taking their first steps on the educational ladder”, primarily assisting students who cannot receive statutory funding.  Priority to lone parents, disabled, refugees, people from underprivileged backgrounds. It gives advice on how and where to obtain funds.  Send a SAE to Family Welfare Association 501 – 505 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AU or call 0207 241 7459 for more information.

Family Action

Family Action provide an education grants search facility, and family advice. 0207 254 6251

Family Fund

The Family Fund is only open to families with children and young people who have a severely disabled child aged 17 or under in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The household income needs to be less than £25,000 if you live in England and £27,000 if you live in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales. This the total amount of money you receive from benefits and tax credits from working and other sources of income, for example maintenance or rental income. They do not count Disability Living Allowance or Child benefit. They give grants for things that make life easier and more enjoyable for the disabled child, young person and their family, such as washing machines, driving lessons, computers and holidays. to families on the lowest of incomes to help relieve the stress of everyday life. 08449 744 099

Feminist Review Trust

Feminist Review Trust is an organisation mostly for academic research but they have supported projects that benefit and provide support to women on issues such as abortion and domestic violence.

The Fishmongers' Company Charitable Trust

The Fishmongers' Company Charitable Trust helps children/young people up to 19 years of age in need of a sum of money to complete schooling. Preference is given to children of single-parent families and/or those with a learning difficulty or disability, or those who come from a disadvantaged or unstable family background. The grants are small, one-off grants to assist in cases of short-term need. The company gives assistance with school fees. The maximum grant is £1,800. 0207 626 3531

Futures for Women

Futures for Women offers interest free loans of around £1000 are available for women training for professional, commercial or technical work. Loans are repaid by monthly instalment at a level decided by the Committee.

Grants for creative projects

If you're aged 13-19 and live in England, Mediabox could offer you grants to make creative media projects for film, television, radio, online, print and multi media platforms. Mediabox is for you to express your opinions, ideas and views, gain new skills and get your voices heard. 0207 871 5600

Hilda Martindale Educational Trust

The Trust offers grants nationally to women over 21 and women pursuing a profession or career which will benefit the community and for which vocational training is required. Grants are given to help with the costs of training, but not for short access, Masters, or wholly academic courses. Applicants need to have exhausted all other possibilities. Grants are between £200-£1000 for one year only towards the costs of taking courses of vocational training. Email: HildaMartindaleTrust@rhul.ac.uk

Ideas Fund

The Ideas Fund can provide £1000 for groups or individuals aged 16-25 to fund creative projects from any creative discipline e.g. dance, film, music, and photography.

Institute of Chartered Foresters Education and Science Trust

The Institute of Chartered Foresters Education and Science Trust offers grants to advance forestry education. Members of the institute or others may apply. Applications must be accompanied by a reference. Application should be by letter; either the person in need or a referral agency may apply. 0131 240 1425

Learner Support Funds

Learner Support Funds can give 16 to 19 year olds in England financial support for the costs of books and equipment, visits and field trips, and emergencies affecting personal circumstances.

Local Libraries

Reference libraries have guides listing trusts and charitable foundations. Those to look out for are ‘The Educational Grants Directory’, ‘The Grants Register’, ‘A Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need’, ‘The Youth Funding Guide’ and the ‘Directory of Grant Making Trusts’ or ask for the software, ‘Grants for Individuals’

Making Music

Making Music makes a number of awards, bursaries and prizes to individual musicians, groups and organisations in both the voluntary and professional sector.

The Marine Society

The Marine Society has grants and loans available to young people taking up a career at sea, university entrants who want to follow a career at sea and those wishing to study A-levels before taking up a career at sea. 0207 654 7050

OneFamily Foundation 

The Foundation is making £200,000 available for OneFamily customers to nominate local projects close to their heart. This is for community groups/projects based in the UK, covering the following categories:

  • Health, Disability & Social Care
  • Schools & Centres of Education
  • Sports & Social Groups
  • Youth & Affiliated Organisations

Nominations close Wednesday 29th June 2016.

A public vote will determine the winners in each category.

Postgraduate Funding

Check out the Gov.uk website for information about postgraduate funding.

Postgraduate Studentship

Have a look at the Postgraduate Studentship website for information on postgraduate funding.

The Prisoner Funder directory 

The Prisoner Funder directory is a resource created by the Hardman Trust which aims to support prisoners to prepare for their release back into the community, by signposting ways in which they can gain access to funding to support them to reach their development goals and achieve their resettlement aims

The directory is sent free of charge into every prison in the UK and is also available online

Information about the Enterprise programme and Development Awards are included in the directory under the grant giving and self-employment sections.

As well as promoting the support we can provide to young people, the directory is also a useful resource for identifying other organisations we can sign-post young people to who either don’t meet our eligibility or need additional support.

The Savoy Educational Trust

The Savoy Educational Trust gives grants to people entering or working in the hospitality industry, or charities offering hospitality related education projects. Either scholarships of £5,500 to young people to help with their training or grants up to £500 to purchase items such as books, uniform and kitchen equipment e.g.. knives. Initial contact/ request for funding should be made in writing. 0207 269 9692

Scholarship Search

Use Scholarship Search to find funding for graduate and postgraduate courses.

Turn 2 Us

Turn2us exists to help people access the money available to them – through benefits, grants and other financial help. 0808 802 2000

Their free, accessible website has been designed to help people find appropriate sources of financial support, quickly and easily, based on their particular needs and circumstances.

University Grants

University Grants have compiled a selection of organisations that offer funding of this nature.

Vocalise

Vocalise runs an open grants programme (£5,000-20,000)  which encourages music making for children and young people aged 5-18 (or up to 25 for those with special education needs, disabilities or in detention). 0207 902 1060

The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers

The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers runs many charitable activities involving support and careers in the British furniture making industry. Please contact them for more information. 0207 256 5558