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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 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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  • My training has helped me to enhance my skills and reflect on my practice to coach and train actors. It has been rewarding, challenging and necessary. I have now the ability to operate at a professional level in my field. I am so grateful to have received this support at this time in my life. Thank you.



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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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  • 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’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 deadline for education applications is noon on Wednesday, September 15th. This will be the final meeting of the year; the next will be held in May 2022.

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 deadline for education applications is noon on Wednesday, September 15th. This will be the final meeting of the year; the next will be held in May 2022.

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