Education Support Grants

Education Support Grants are open to individuals of any age up to 25 who have a disability or additional learning need, or who have been in the care of the local authority (Wiltshire or Swindon). Applicants must have lived within Wiltshire County or Swindon Borough for the past 2 years, and are themselves or their parents/carers in receipt of means-tested benefits and need financial support for costs to support their education.

Applications are for amounts under £1,000. Applications can be made throughout the year and decisions are made by a panel.

Eligibility

  • Be resident for at least two years in Wiltshire or Swindon AND
  • Receive means-tested benefits or parents, carers be in receipt of means-tested benefits AND
  • Be aged between 0 and 25 AND
  • Be or have been in the care of Wiltshire County Council or Swindon Borough Council OR
  • Be individuals who require additional support because of long term health needs or a disability AND
  • Have investigated and been declined for other funding (such as College hardship fund, school funds) AND

Use of grant

  • Grants can only be used to support educational or training needs.
  • Examples include the full costs or a contribution towards:
  • Fees for particular courses and trips i.e. educational trips or excursions
  • Equipment (including specially adapted equipment for those with disabilities, tools for training apprenticeships, equipment for sports, IT, music or other extra-curricular activities)
  • Books and other resources
  • Payments for out of school activities during term time and holidays
  • For early years children, support costs for activities that help their transition into mainstream education

 This list is not exhaustive and if you have an idea that fits within the scope of education or training, please discuss this with a member of staff at WCF before completing the Education Support Grant Questionnaire.

 The grants cannot be used for

  • School fees
  • Money that has already been spent
  • The promotion of party political or religious purposes
  • Equipment or expenses which by law should be provided by someone else
  • Activities or equipment that is not education related

If you want to make an application for an Education Support Grant, please request an Application Pack