Thomas Wall Trust: Grants for individuals
The Thomas Wall Trust, founded in 1920, gives grants to support motivated adults living in the UK to do education and training courses that will increase their chances of employment.
The charity offers grants up to £1,500 to study on accredited vocational training courses up to qualification level 3 and towards other costs associated with studying, including: child care, travel and mobility costs, and accessible study materials. It may be able to contribute towards funding specialist equipment but rarely at the maximum grant amount.
Individuals may re-apply if their course lasts for more than a year. For this, we would expect to see evidence of successful progress.
Who can apply?
To be able to apply for help from the Thomas Wall Trust, you must:
be undertaking accredited vocational training up to level 3
Be experiencing financial and other challenges, such as having a disability, mental health issues, carer responsibilities or being a care leaver
Have been unemployed for at least six months within the last two years
Have the right to work and study in the UK
Have lived in the UK for at least 3 years
Be from a low income household.
How to apply
The grants programme is normally open all year round and is awarded on a first come, first serve basis.
You will need a referee who knows you in a professional capacity and can vouch for your suitability to do your chosen course. This might be: a support worker, tutor, probation officer, employment adviser, previous/current line manager.
For more information on the eligibility criteria for charity's grants for individuals and the online application form, see the Thomas Wall Trust website.
What previous Thomas Wall Trust grant recipients say
I am very much enjoying…the college course that your “Thomas Wall” Trust Fund helped to fund for me. ”IT” is so very important in this day and age. And I am beginning to feel that I can now partake in much more things that are computer based. Before this, I felt completely left out in every day activities - not any more. My tutor says that I am doing well and I am liking all the challenges and tasks that are set for me in class. Once again, thanks for giving me this opportunity.
The grant has changed my life…for the better as I got to drive the lorry I wanted to all my life. After getting out of jail, I had nothing until I got accepted for the grant. So it has made a big impact on not only my life but my family life as well.
The Trust helped me achieve…my goal of becoming an HGV driver, I couldn’t have afforded to do the course otherwise. I was able to move up in the company I was in and earn a good wage. It has helped my self esteem and job prospects for the future too with the experience I have been able to get.