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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 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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  • 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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  • 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’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