Trust Funds & Scholarships (external)

Trust funds are sums of money set aside by individuals or organisations to help specific groups of people and are usually provided in the form of a grant or loan. Generally the amount of money is small and is aimed at assisting with living costs, fees, course equipment, travel, childcare, etc.

There are thousands of trust funds, so you need to find the one that matches your personal circumstances - do not waste time and money by applying to trusts that are not relevant to you.

You may find it useful to check the following:

  • Directory of Grant Making Trusts published by the Charities Aid Foundation
  • Grants Register published by Palgrave McMillan
  • Charities Digest published by Waterlow Professional Publishing

The above digests can usually be found at larger public libraries and some university libraries.

You should also try Student Cashpoint.

Register of Educational Endowments – maintained by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) and contains information on Scottish trusts. SAAS can search the register for you if you fill in their form and send them an enquiry.

Scholarship search websites

Other sources of information