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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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  • Equity Charitable Trust played an invaluable part in helping me to afford to upgrade my skills and re-train as a transformational life coach. I cannot thank the Trust enough for their support, especially during the year of lockdown when things were so difficult anyway. Achieving my Diploma has been so empowering. It has given me access to a new career, and one that I can do alongside my acting if I so wish, or expand into a full-blown business should I choose. At the age of 58, this is an absolute blessing and I am now looking at the future with much more hope than I was before. Thank goodness that charities such as ECT exist, you have been a god-send!



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  • Equity Charitable Trust generously contributed to the fees for my MA in Voice Studies at the Royal Central School Speech and Drama three years ago. This was a long sought-after re-training opportunity which as a forty-something, single, freelance artist would not have been possible without the Trust’s support.


    Since graduating, I have been travelling the UK voice-coaching in four leading performance-training institutions and I am using my newly acquired knowledge and expertise to work with professional performers in the theatre, dance and film industries.


    I have found a new vocation which has been, surprisingly, even more exciting and rewarding than my previous vocation as a performer. I have made inspiring new international friends and contacts. I have shifted some of my out-dated artistic opinions, unearthed some dormant grey-matter, caught up (almost) with the daunting world of technology, confronted some inner demons and proved that there is always room for professional and personal growth – whatever stage of life we think we are at.


    I am exceptionally grateful for this superb opportunity the Trust has provided – an opportunity which has surpassed all expectations during and since my re-training.



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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 next closing date for educational grant applications is noon on Wednesday 14 July 2021 ahead of our July meeting.

Additional meetings to follow in September.

To find out how else we might be able to support you, see the Coronavirus Emergency Welfare Support we offer by clicking here.

Apply Now

The next closing date for educational grant applications is noon on Wednesday 14 July 2021 ahead of our July meeting.

Additional meetings to follow in September.

To apply, please download an application Education application form 2021.

Please ensure that your personal statement doesn't exceed 500 words and note that you may include a one-page reference with your application along with proof of grades.

Be sure to save your application in your name and note that we are only accepting applications by email.

Please send the completed form and any supporting documents, via email, to Kaethe@equitycharitabletrust.org.uk

 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