Sources of Funding

Organisations Offering Advice

Association of Charitable Foundations
Tel: 020 7255 44992
Central House
Upper Woburn Walk
London WC1H 0AE

The UK's support organisation for grant making trusts and foundations of all types. Contains useful information on the website but cannot give advice about individual applications, nor help grant-seekers find suitable funders.

The Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET)
Tel: 020 7240 5703
Old Brewer's Yard, 17-19 Neal Street London WC2H 9UY

CDET offers advice to those embarking on courses in dance.

The Department for Education and Skills (DfES)
Tel: 0141 243 3570
Department of University, Innovations and Skills.
Department of Children, Schools and Families.

The DfES produces publications which gives details of grants available from LEAs to students who are taking first degrees and comparable courses; diploma of higher education courses, teacher training and HND courses. Leaflets are free upon request.

The Education Grants Advisory Service
Student Service Line:
020 7254 6251(Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2pm until 5pm)
Family Welfare Association
501-505 Kingsland Road
London E8 4AU

Set up to help students and parents by putting them in touch with likely sources of financial aid, also offering information about welfare grants. The Service advises students and parents faced with difficulties in their negotiations with LEAs and provide liaison with educational charities. There is also a useful online database which will search for charities appropriate for your course.

The Foundation for Sport and the Arts
Tel: 0151 259 5505
PO Box 20,
Liverpool L13 1HB

Occasionally makes awards for dance and drama studies.

The National Union of Students (NUS)
Tel: 0871221 8221
Snd Floor, Centro House
Mandela Street
London NW1 0DU

Produces the NUS Welfare Information Pack, which includes information on grants, awards and alternative financial assistance.

The University of London Careers Service
Stewart House
32 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DN

Maintains a reference library containing information from various educational trusts and foundations who may offer assistance to students, endowed scholarships and details and guidance on all grants available from LEAs.

Arts & Humanities Research Board (AHRB)
Tel: 0117 987 6544
Whitefriars,Lewins Mead
Bristol BS1 2AE

Administers a scheme of postgraduate professional and vocational awards.

The Central Advisory for Trusts and Scholarships
7-11 Kensington High Street
London W8 5NP

Centre for Creative Communities
Tel: 0845 111 1711
Regent House Business Centre
24/25 Nutford Place
London W1H 5YN

Library which you can use by appointment. Mon - Thurs, 10am-4pm.

Charitable Trusts and Foundations

Below is a list of some charitable trusts and Foundations that have awarded grants to students in the past. However it is not a definitive list and you should also refer to the books and directories of Trusts and Foundations listed below.

The Altrusa Careers Trust
PO Box 6160,
Orkney KW16 3HA

The Trust was established to help women in the UK and Eire further their career prospects or to retrain after bringing up a family. Present loan maximum is £500. Applications received are reviewed after 31 March each year.

The Ann Driver Trust
PO Box 2761
London W1A 5HD

To advance the education of youth in the arts and sciences. Requests for an application form should be made by the April preceding the academic year beginning in September.

The Crescent Trust
Tel: 020 7730 5420
The Crescent Trust
27a Sloane Square
London SW1W 8AB
Contact Ms C Akehurst

Equity Trust Fund
Tel: 020 7404 6041 222
Africa House
64 Kingsway London

Only able to help professional performers, but some students may be able to meet the criteria set by the trust.

Fame Academy Bursary to fund West End Dreams
Tel: 020 8576 8043

Offering up to 20 awards worth a total of £150,000 to aspiring performers to kick start or continue their musical theatre studies. Open for applications early spring.

The Fenton Arts Trust
PO Box 135,
East Horsley,
Surrey KT24 9AB

Grants are made towards the creative arts, principally painting and drama. Applications in writing to Ms Shelley Baxter.

The Follett Trust
Tel: 01934 838337
17 Chescombe Road Yatton,
Bristol BS19 4EE
Contact M D Follett.

Mackintosh Foundation
Tel: 020 7637 8866
1 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3RA

Awards scholarships to promote and develop theatre and the performing arts.

The Rosemary Bugden Charitable Trust
Tel: 0117 917 3922
Osbourne Clarke
50 Queen Charlotte Street
Bristol BS1 4HE

Contact J W Sharpe. Funding for performing arts in U.K

Sydney Dean Whitehead's Charitable Trust
Tel:01225 486100
Moore Stephens Chartered Accountants
30 Gay Street
Bath BA1 2PD.

Apply to the Secretary, in writing (including SAE). The trustees apply their funds towards supporting parents with the educational costs of their children and respond more readily to appeals relating to children with special talents, particularly in the artistic fields. They also respond more readily to appeals which show that there is an element of self-help already in operation and where a lack of finance could preclude children from receiving the type of education their particular 'gift' merits.

The Sidney Perry Foundation
PO Box 2924
Faringdon SN7 7YJ

Assistance to those of great promise, under 35 at the start of their course, who would be unable to proceed with their studies through lack of means. Average grant in the region of £500. Application form available from Mrs L A Owens enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

The Talbot House Trust
White Horse Court
25C North Street
Bishop's Stortford
Hertfordshire CM23 2LD

Assistance for individuals undertaking courses in the performing arts. Grants to help with the cost of equipment/instruments, fees or maintenance/living expenses. No grants are made to Postgraduates.Forms should be submited by March for consideration in May. Contact: Mrs Jane Day.

The Thomas Wall Trust
Skinners' Hall
8 Dowgate Hill
London, EC4R 2SP.

The Thomas Wall Trust welcomes applications from UK nationals only, particularly those who, through adverse or unexpected circumstances, have financial difficulties but who wish to pursue vocational courses or courses concerned with social welfare which will subsequently lead to paid employment. Grants normally supplement assistance received from other sources, and have a current maximum value of £1000 p.a. The Trustees require the submission of an online application form completed in full. The Trust opens at the beginning of the year to consider courses beginning in September of that year. The contact name is: Sue Ellis, Charities Officer.

Helpful Books

Some of the books listed should be available in large public libraries, many of them can be purchased from the Directory of Social Change (DSC) including the Educational Grants Directory, A Guide to the Major Trusts, Grants for Individuals in Need and The Arts Funding Guide.

The Educational Grants Directory
By Michael Eastwood and David Casson. Available from Directory of Social Change Ltd, 24 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2DP. 020 7391 4800

Sponsorship for Students
This publication lists 2,500 scholarships and bursaries from 200 different organisations. Published and distributed by Hobsons Publishing plc (in conjuction with COIC/CRAC ) Available from: Customer Services, Biblios PDS Ltd. Star Road, Partridge Green, West Sussex RH13 8LD.

The Grants Register
This publication lists over 4,000 awards for students studying both in the UK and abroad. Published yearly by Palgrave Macmillan Reference Ltd. Available from: or Palgrave Macmillan , Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 6XS

The Directory of Grant Making Trusts
Published by the Charities Aid Foundation. Available at most public libraries and from Directory of Grant Making Trusts, Kingshill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4TA

University Scholarships and Awards
By Brian Heap, published by Trotman and Company. Listing scholarships available to students from universities and other organisations. Available from: or Trotman & Co., Ltd., The Green, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1PL.

Sponsorship and Funding Directory
Published annually by Hobsons. Listing of employers and companies offering sponsorship and placement opportunities. Available from: Hobsons, Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LZ.

Scholarship Guide for Commonwealth Postgraduate Students
Available from: Association of Commonwealth Universities, John Foster House, 36 Gordon Square, London WC1. Employers and Professional Bodies offering Sponsorship & Supplementary Awards to Students following First Degree, BTEC or comparable courses Published annually. Available from: Careers and Occupational Information Centre, Pennie Centre, 20/22 Hawley Street, Sheffield S1 3GA.

The Education Yearbook
Published by Charities Digest
Contains a chapter on education which includes details of scholarships. Available from

Money To Study: The Complete Guide to Student Finance
Available from Family Welfare Association, 501-505 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London E8 4AU

Useful Websites