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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 am one of, probably, many extremely fortunate beneficiaries of the ECT, who are very kindly and generously supporting my retraining as a dramatherapist. The 3-year part time MA course at Roehampton University is one of the most reputable ones in the UK, but it is something I could never afford as an actor without the ECT’s support.


    The course so far has challenged and pushed me on many levels of personal and professional development: I have been learning about the therapeutic process both in theory and very much in practice too, as well as the client-therapist relationship. The course is a powerful mix of academia and hands-on practice all the way through the 3 years. Besides providing me with an HCPC qualification and new vocational prospects, it also facilitates a journey to get to know yourself at levels you had never previously imagined possible. I will make every effort to repay the generosity and vital support currently received from the ECT.



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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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  • Anyone who has studied a postgrad-degree knows the difficulties surrounding financing it, there just is not any for some. Without the assistance of the Equity Charitable Trust, I literally would not have been able to graduate and consequently look at serious teaching roles. Your understanding, compassion, commitment, timing and support, were truly a god send. Honestly, you were the only organisation that assisted me due to my age/geographic and socio bracket. Thank you again, Equity Charitable Trust, I am forever grateful.


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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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  • 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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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