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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. 

  • 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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  • It is difficult to ask for help but ECT made me feel so supported with their advice, kindness and generosity. In what can be a tough world I felt completely understood, accepted and HELPED! They enabled me to retrain in a new career, which changed my life, enabling me to help other people in a professional role using drama. I can’t praise them highly enough.


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  • I am so grateful to Equity Charitable Trust for the generosity which enabled me to undertake an MA in Actor Training and Coaching at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 2017-2018. Entering a conservatoire/university education in my late fifties was a superb and stimulating experience, both intellectually and pedagogically, enhancing my practical toolkit, teaching me to think and write with rigour and developing my confidence. As an actor who had coached students primarily on a one to one level, the idea of facilitating large groups in a professional environment seemed daunting to me last year. I have just finished my first professional job since graduation (directing MA students at a conservatoire) and am delighted to have been asked back, along with an offer to work with MA film students in London. I have, so far, been fortunate in being able to combine this with working as an actor, which is currently my aim.


    As someone who didn’t go to university, receiving Distinction at Masters’ level is an achievement I am extremely proud of and I can’t thank ECT enough for their faith in me.


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  • I am one of, probably, many extremely fortunate beneficiaries of the ECT, who are very kindly and generously supporting my retraining as a dramatherapist. The 3-year part time MA course at Roehampton University is one of the most reputable ones in the UK, but it is something I could never afford as an actor without the ECT’s support.


    The course so far has challenged and pushed me on many levels of personal and professional development: I have been learning about the therapeutic process both in theory and very much in practice too, as well as the client-therapist relationship. The course is a powerful mix of academia and hands-on practice all the way through the 3 years. Besides providing me with an HCPC qualification and new vocational prospects, it also facilitates a journey to get to know yourself at levels you had never previously imagined possible. I will make every effort to repay the generosity and vital support currently received from the ECT.


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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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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