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Educational Grants

Sometimes what worked for you in your 20’s does not work so well in your 40’s and there may come a time when you want to re-qualify. Or if you wish to develop a second income stream to ensure greater financial continuity and satisfaction between jobs, then turn to us.  If you’ve reached a crossroad and want to retrain, sharpen your skill set or develop another income stream, we can help make it happen. 

  • I can’t thank the Equity Charitable Trust enough for their generous grant to help me back in to education. After working in theatre for twenty plus years and becoming a Mum, I needed to top-up my theatre school diploma to a degree to enable me to teach in a drama school environment. I was thrilled to feel supported and encouraged by them and  achieved a 2:1, something which I am very proud of at 50! Thank you for believing in me and helping me forge a new career. Not only did I get a degree but I thoroughly enjoyed studying again, researching plays, practitioners and critiquing plays and performances. These skills will be essential for teaching in the future.


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  • After fifteen years as an actor and movement director, I faced a stark decision after my children were born- lose a career I loved, or spend many months away from my children on tour or in regional theatre jobs. The ECT have offered me a life-line by funding my first step towards becoming a child counsellor with Place2be. This would have been impossible without their help, but now there is the promise of a career I enjoy, whilst also being at home for my girls. I can’t thank them enough.


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  • The MA Dramatherapy training has changed my perspective from being a performer to using drama & ritual theatre form in remedial services. It has enabled me to live with compassion and understanding of myself which has prepared me to work alongside vulnerable clients. I am indebted to the Trust for their generous grant which without would have been impossible.


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  • The Trust’s commitment to helping you is really motivating. Even when things got tough on the course, and my enthusiasm was beginning to flag, I couldn’t bear the idea of giving up.


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  • I’ve been working as a dancer on UK/Europe tours and West End for 12 years. In 2015 I made the decision to leave performing, one of the reasons was my son was due very soon and I wanted more time with him. This decision was also very scary as I was not trained in anything else. So I chose Personal Training. The cost of this course is very high. Equity Charitable Trust were just fantastic and they awarded me £1K to retrain. I am now a fully qualified Personal Trainer working at David Lloyd and without the Equity Charitable Trust this just would not have happened.


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Who is eligible?

You need to demonstrate 10 years' adult professional work. Sadly, we don’t help musicians, drama students or amateurs.

Each case is considered on its own merit and is dealt with in complete confidence.

Timeline

The Education Committee meets in May, July and early September and you're notified of our decision directly thereafter.

 

Apply Now

Download the Educational Bursaries application form.

Send the completed form and any accompanying documents, via post or email, to ku.gro.tsurtelbatirahcytiuqenull@ehteak.

  • After we receive your application we will contact you if anything is incomplete

 FAQ

  • We don’t fund overseas courses
  • The course must lead to a recognised qualification
  • Courses that are designed to improve one's acting and performance skills won't be considered
  • We don’t offer maintenance grants
  • We rarely cover the full tuition fees and tend to make a contribution towards successful applications
  • We don’t offer student loans
  • If the course lasts for more than a year, you can apply again with proof of grades, bearing in mind that continued support is not a given