Grant Information

We've compiled a list of organisations that offer grants which could help cover our course costs. This list is not exhaustive and infortunately Seiche Training can not guarantee any success with application. We hope it's useful and would appreciate any feedback on which were most useful.

The British Ecological Society

The Society provides grants to promote excellent ecological research, help fund training and travel and to communicate the science of ecology as widely as possible. In recent years, over £300,000 per annum has been awarded through the various Society grants.

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Princes Trust Grant

The Princes Trust offers Development Award grants of up to £500 to help young people get into education, training or employment.

Apply for course funding by getting in touch with the Princes Trust. You will need to explain which course you need the funfing for, how much the course costs, whether you have looked into other possible sources of funding and that the funding will help you into education, training or work.

Applicants must live in the UK and be either

  • Aged 14=16 and not expecting to achieve five GCSEs (or equivalent) grades A-C.


  • Aged 16-25 and not in education, training or employment.

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Useful Funding Organisations for the Armed Forces

Adult Dependants’ Grant

Full-time students in higher education with an adult who depends on them financially can apply for an Adult Dependants’ Grant of up to £2,642.

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Altrusa Careers Trust

The aim of the Trust is to enable those without access to financial support in the UK and Ireland to improve their career prospects. The Altrusa Careers Trust gives grants to those who are struggling to gain qualifications. These qualifications will enable them to secure jobs which will provide sufficient income to support them and their families. The Trust funds to a maximum of £500 and applications must be in by March 31st.

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Bishop Laneys Charity

Assiss students further their education through the giving of grants of up to £3,000 awarded to those aged 25 or under and living in the parishes of Soham and Ely.

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Family Action Organisation

Provides information about educational grants and has a grants search facility that helps you identify appropriate charitable funding for education or training based on your circumstances and needs.

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Ford Motor Company Employees

Ford offer an Employee Development and Assistance Programme (EDAP) to all their employees. This initiative is designed to broaden the development of Ford employees by funding approved non-job related training of up to £200 per year.

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Futures for Women

Assists women of all ages seeking to improve their career prospects through training and further education. This charity provides interest free loans, repayable at realistic rates once the grantee is in work. The charity doesn’t fund distance learning courses but may fund practical/hands-on training.

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Helena Kennedy Foundation Trust

Provides bursaries of up to £1,500 to students wanting to take a higher diploma for the first time. The Foundation’s beneficiaries are primarily students experiencing severe financial hardship as well as social and cultural disadvantage, combined with difficult personal circumstances. Applications must be submitted between 1st January and 31st March.

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Hilda Martindale Educational Trust

Funding is available to British women pursuing a profession or career which will benefit the community and for which vocational training is required. Applicants need to have exhausted all other possibilities. Grants are of less than £1000. The closing date for applications is 1 March.

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Lawrence Atwell’s Charity

Aims to help young people free themselves from poverty and disadvantage by heading into the job they want. The charity provides funding for 16 – 26 year olds studying for a vocational qualification or employment.

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Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS)

This is an agency of the Scottish Government giving financial support to eligible students doing a course of higher education in the UK. This website provides information on all types of student funding available and allows you to apply for your financial support.

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Scotscare Charity

If you have lived within 35 miles of Charing Cross for a minimum of two years and are on low income, we may be able to help you with your studies and give you the support you need to carry on your studies. Our training grants help Scots of all ages expand their skills base and break into a new line of work every year by providing a little extra financial support for fees, course books and even computers. If your training will help you secure future employment, we’re there to help you achieve your goals.

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Soroptimist Diamond Education Grant

Its purpose is to provide grants to assist women to update their skills after employment breaks or to acquire new skills to improve their opportunities for employment and promotion. Awards are made to help towards the cost of course fees or books/equipment, not for living expenses. The deadline for applications is 15th April.

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Thomas Wall Trust

Provides small grants to assist people with the cost of training courses that improve their chances of employment. Grants do not usually exceed £1,000 and may be offered towards fees, equipment or any other relevant study costs.

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