The Directory of Social Change has published the 2011/12 edition of its Guide to Educational Grants. The book contains over 1,400 trusts with a combined giving total of £60 million from primary age to undergraduate level.
The grantmakers it lists offer grants that cover expenses such as school uniforms, study books, school trips, costs related to special educational needs, musical instruments, sports equipment, tuition fees, scholarships, and limited living expenses.
However, the guide’s author Sarah Johnston, encourages readers to take a considered and targeted approach to sending appeals. She is aware from her research that too many grantmakers receive desperate pleas for educational assistance.
She said: “Now is an important time for many undergraduates and pupils’ parents to consider their funding situations for the new academic year. During the research for the guide we noticed an increase in enquiries from individuals weeks before the new term last year. Many of these were desperate pleas for assistance, with little evidence of extenuating circumstances (save for financial need) and no idea of how much funding they needed.”
She added: “It’s best to assess your needs and make plans to apply as soon as possible to allow trusts enough time to consider your application.”
The Guide to Educational Grants 2011/12 (11th edition) by Sarah Johnston is published by the Directory of Social Change (DSC) and is available for £75.00.
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