Funding Round-up – Grants & Support for Education (Part 2), Winter 2024

MVA offers another collection of announcements focusing on themes of funding and support for Education aimed at helping charities and similar groups continue their work.

Due to the varying nature and progress of public policies and other related activity, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and whilst every effort has been made to provide up-to-date details, they ask that readers please check with each organisation’s website for the latest news.

Support for Young People from Buttle UK
National charity Buttle UK is offering financial help for young people, age 16 to 20, that receive no support from their parents or guardians so that they can further their education or employment.

To apply, Buttle UK ask that the young person shows they have a clear ambition or intentions in education, training, or employment that they are pursuing or intend to pursue within three months of the application.

Buttle UK can provide a financial support package to meet this ambition, and help them to set up home, or to improve their emotional, mental, or physical wellbeing.

Each package of support (which could be worth up to £2,000) can include:
  • Equipment to take up a training opportunity
  • Interview clothes
  • A computer for their studies
  • Travel costs to get to college
The charity advises the application must be completed by a support worker in collaboration with the young person.

At the time of writing there was no identified deadline, which means enquiries to apply for the Support Scheme could be made at any time.

For more details and how to apply, visit the charity’s website.

RELAUNCHING SOON - City & Guilds Bursaries and Funding for Training
The City & Guilds Foundation offers a funding programme designed to provide financial support to students who are in a genuine financial need and are looking to pursue a course.

The Foundation has found that for some people, the cost of training is one of the barriers to them getting the skills they need for jobs and career progression.

They created their bursary scheme to help people in genuine financial need to access training programmes so that applying students could develop skills for meaningful employment.

Running for the past 20 years, The Foundation says the aim of the scheme is to change people’s lives through skills, improving the chances of employment for those who receive funding from them.

Registration to the scheme is due to relaunch its call for applications in early 2024.

To find out more and how to apply, visit The Foundation’s website.

Grants to individuals from Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust
The Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust (CFCT) offers various forms of funding to local not-for-profit organisations for projects that improve the quality of life for people in Kent (especially those who are the most disadvantaged.)

CFCT’s Grants to Individuals programme offers grants to support underprivileged and disadvantaged young people living in Kent, helping them to navigate the difficult journey into adulthood and employment.

The Funder does advise applications can only be accepted from CFCT’s referral partners.

At the time of writing, there was no recognised deadline, suggesting this is a Continuous Rolling Programme and applications can be accepted at any time.

For more information and how to apply, visit the CFCT website.

Local grant giver and community support organisation Kent Community Foundation (KCF) also has services that can offer support to individuals and families in need. To find out more, you can contact KCF on 01303 814 500.

MVA are also continuing their efforts to provide support and advice for the Charity Sector during these challenging times with their Reference Guide to Cost Cutting Measures, available in their Advice and Support pages.

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