Sarum St. Michael Educational Charity: Personal Grant

Sarum St. Michael Educational Charity

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: Mar 29, 2020

Later deadlines: Jun 14, 2020, Aug 9, 2020, Oct 2, 2020, Jan 2, 2021

Applicant type: Graduate Student Undergraduate Student High School Student Working Professional

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: United Kingdom

Age restriction: At least 16 years of age

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The Sarum St Michael Educational Charity is a trust formed from the assets of an Anglican college of education that closed in Salisbury in 1979.

Our aim is to advance the work in education originally done by the college. We make grants to individuals ineligible for student loans to help them pursue their further education.

We offer bursaries to intended teachers of Religious Education. We help schools pay for resources for teaching RE, and parishes pay for books and equipment for Sunday schools, youth clubs and the like.

Grants are made within a wide geographical area consisting of the Diocese of Salisbury and all of the adjacent dioceses, except that schools and parishes must be based in the Diocese of Salisbury.

Personal Grants include the following:

First degree courses – although applicants eligible for a loan under the National Student Loan Scheme are not eligible for a grant, mature students who were unable to proceed to higher education when young may apply for degree or diploma courses, for pre-university access courses, or Open University courses. If you are under 25 and looking for funding for your first degree please contact The Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon. They may be able to help if you are from Wiltshire through their One Degree More Programme.

Postgraduates - those doing second degrees and postgraduate studies may apply. Grants may be given towards the costs of a dissertation and for books. An increasing number of first degree courses lead to master's degrees: the Charity prefers applications for master's degrees that follow a first degree.

Vocational courses - the Charity will consider the proposed course of study and how it will help the applicant pursue his or her career and in the service of others. Grants have been awarded for those studying for a wide range of qualifications, for example in social work, nursing, stonework, sign language, helping those with dyslexia and counselling.

Students - those over the age of 16 doing a gap year, whether abroad on short projects of up to six months, or in the UK doing courses or projects, may apply.

Clergy - as well as applying for grants for postgraduate courses, clergy may apply for grants for sabbaticals, attending conferences, etc. Those training to become Self-Supporting Ministers may apply for grants for books or travel.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Your location – applicants must live or study (including by distance learning) in the Diocese of Salisbury or one of its adjacent dioceses (Bath & Wells, Bristol, Exeter, Oxford and Winchester).
  • Your age – the minimum age for applicants is 16.
    • There is no upper age limit, but Governors’ grant-making decisions are informed by the Charity’s need to ensure a reasonable return on its investment.


  • In considering applications, the Governors:
    • give due regard to the promotion of training and the support of leaders in the Christian nurture of children;
    • young people and adults in the parishes of the Diocese of Salisbury;
    • place weight upon evidence of a Christian commitment;
    • look for a reasonable measure of self help;
    • consider the degree of need indicated in the application;
    • have regard to other potential sources of grant or income (e.g. from personal savings or grants from an employer, parish, diocese, other charities and trusts).


  • Applications that are retrospective, that is for a course or project that begins before the Governors have met to consider the application, are not eligible. The exception is when a course has begun that lasts two or more years, when the Governors will consider making a grant for future years.
  • The Governors do not:
    • normally contribute towards maintenance, unless an integral part of a residential course;
    • make grants for buildings, fixtures or fittings;
    • make retrospective grants;
    • contribute to the general funds of any organisation.