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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’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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  • 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 feel so fortunate to have the support of ECT which enabled me to make the jump into a new career, at a time where so many people are struggling to see the end of this horrendous ordeal. It has kept me sane to be able to focus on studying and gaining experience, so thank you once more. I wanted to let you know how much your support has meant to me over this rollercoaster of a year.




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  • 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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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. Our first meeting will be held at the end of May - deadline for applications is noon on 26 May 2022.

We will also be accepting future applications in July and September, dates TBC.

 

Apply Now

We are now accepting applications for 2022 Education Grants. Our first meeting will be held at the end of May - deadline for applications is noon on 26 May 2022.

We will also be accepting future applications in July and September, dates TBC.

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.

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