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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

We are now accepting applications for 2022 Education Grants. The deadline for applications for the next September education meeting is noon on Wednesday, 14th September.

 

Apply Now

We are now accepting applications for 2022 Education Grants. The deadline for applications for the next September education meeting is noon on Wednesday, 14th September.

Please download and complete an Education application form 2021, a personal statement which doesn't exceed 500 words and can also include a one-page reference with your application along with proof of grades. Please make sure to include the 500-word personal statement in the body of the email.

The application must be saved in your name. We are only accepting applications by email sent 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