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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. 

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

Educational grant applications are now closed until 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

Educational grant applications are now closed until May 2022.

The application process includes 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.

 

 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