Frequently Asked Questions

Can you post me the application form?
No, our application process is online.  The only exception is for people whose disability prevents them from being able to access the online form.

How long does the application process take?
From a couple of weeks to a few months – this depends on how well the form is completed and how many other applications we are processing.

How do I apply?
Please visit our “grants to individuals” pages, where the process is explained.

How do you make decisions about grants?
Applications are carefully considered by the Grants Officer.  A small number are shortlisted for further review.  Grants are made to those who most closely match the Trust’s remit.

Can I get feedback if I am not successful?
Due to the high volume of applications received we cannot give individual feedback.   We do not have enough funding to give grants to everyone who applies.

The application takes some time.  Can I be sure that I will get a grant?
Unfortunately no, due to high demand, on average only about 1 in ten people get a grant.

Can I apply to more than one charity?
Yes, but ensure that you inform us and them of any applications and any awards.

I am having technical difficulties with your system, what should I do?
Please check our technical tips page for possible solutions.

I am in the first year of my course can I apply for help with the second?
Yes, but deadlines vary depending on the level of your course.

Can I apply early for a course starting next year?
No, please adhere to the guidance about opening times and deadlines.

Can I email the application form to you, instead of uploading it?
No, the form must be uploaded to our system to be considered.

What do you mean by ‘barriers in life and life chances’? 
Our grants are made to people whose needs are more than just financial. For example, recent grants have gone to individuals who are qualifying to work after a period in prison, those experiencing poverty as a result of family breakdown and people recovering from illness or addiction. If your only ‘barrier’ is your ability to pay for your training, we are not the right charity for you.

I am not sure if the course I am doing is eligible. How can I find out? 
We are interested in training that improves your prospects of finding paid work. Your college/training provider or university should be able to offer you advice about this, so make sure you check their website for more information about course outcome.

You have emailed me to say my application has been unsuccessful. Can you tell me why?
Unfortunately, we are not able to give specific feedback to unsuccessful applicants. The main reason for not being able to offer a grant is sheer pressure on funds. Only a handful of applicants are successful. If we have to reject your application, it does not necessarily mean your application was poor, simply that competition is intense.

I don’t feel that the questions on the application form are relevant to me. Can I leave them blank?
We encourage you to complete the application as fully as possible. The form has been designed to capture all the information we need to make a decision. If a large amount of information is missing, we will not be able to shortlist your application.