Training Funding Sources

Last updated: 08/02/18

There are lots of training funding sources available.  However, most are very limited in terms of who’s eligible and the amount of funding available, so don’t raise your hopes too high!  It seems to be particularly hard to get funding if you already hold professional qualifications and want to do a further taught qualification.

The list below includes some possibilities.  If you find any more that might be of use to colleagues, please e-mail us to let us know.

Professional associations

Specialist organisations

Educational institutions

  • Some universities offer a ‘loyalty discount’ of around 10% on course fees to recent graduates returning for postgraduate study
  • Many universities list opportunities for postgraduate study funding on their websites
  • City and Guilds/ILM bursaries
  • offers a very limited number of £500 bursaries open to a huge number of potential applicants

Geographically-based organisations

  • Some organisations hold funds to support education for people from a specific place (criteria vary).  The ‘Guide to Educational Grants’ and general web searches are the best way to track these down
  • Staffordshire Community Foundation has a list of funding sources for individuals (not just for education)

Other places to look

  • Book available from Trust library: The guide to educational grants : 2016/17. Fourteenth edition UK: Directory of Social Change.
  • Some unions have funding available, particularly for courses up to first degree level, e.g. Unison
  • There are online directories for postgraduate funding – these include
  • The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding’ lists a lot of sources – if you have identified where you want to study, the institution may be able to give you access.  Contact the library for further information.





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