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The Harpur Trust

Contact details

Grants Manager
Princeton Court
01234 369500
01234 369505

Grants provided by this organisation

The Harpur Trust

People with permanent address in the borough of Bedford (consisting of the town of Bedford and North Bedfordshire) and undertaking further education courses leading to career development. Applicants must be returning to study after a break of at least five years.


Adults who are returning to study after a minimum of 5 years away from formal education and are resident in the borough of Bedford. School children, who are in receipt of free school meals, in need of school uniform when transitioning from state upper school to middle school.

Undergraduate bursary applicants should meet the criteria set by their school or college.


No grants for PGCE courses and certificates of education or for recreational courses, including academic courses taken for recreational purposes only.

Type of grants

Grants are made to help with the cost of continuing and further education courses leading to career development and school uniform grants.

The charity also provides bursaries at the schools it runs as well as undergraduate bursaries for school leavers at the partner schools. Contact the school directly to discuss.


Adults returning to education may use the form available with guidelines from the website, to be submitted by the end of April for courses beginning in September of that year after which you will be invited for an interview if your application is successful. The trust recommends contact with the grants manager before an application is made and also for courses starting at other times in the year. Applicants must determine their entitlement to statutory funding before making an application.

Applicants for the university bursaries should apply via their schools. Applicants for the college bursaries may apply by making enquiries directly with the college. The school uniform grants scheme is advertised to all eligible families in the borough by the Bedford schools.

Other information

The trust has recently incorporated and was previously registered with the charity commission under charity number 204817.

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