How to apply for a grant

Your Application

Applications should be submitted at least three weeks before one of the regular meetings of Trustees which are held three times a year, normally in February, July and November. Please check the date of the next meeting, and the closing date for applications, which are shown under News.  If the application is successful, arrangements for payment of the grant to the appropriate establishment or supplier can be made shortly after the Trustees’ meeting.  Grants are not usually paid directly to the applicant, unless by prior arrangement and agreement.

For a course of study over twelve months, a fresh application is required for the second and subsequent years.  Three years is normally the maximum period for a grant to any one person. The award of a grant for one year of a multi-year course does not mean that one will automatically be awarded for subsequent years. Grants are not given for Masters or second degrees.

The closing date for receipt of applications for consideration at the next Trustee meeting is 15th June 2024, the meeting date is 6th July 2024.

Please complete the grant application form below giving as much detail as possible for the reason you are applying to us.

Please ensure you meet the residence requirements before completing the application form.

Trustees will consider support for University applications once a year in the Summer meeting, usually in June or July

At our next meeting on 6 July we will be considering all grant applications for support at university for the next academic year (2024-25). This is the only time you will be able to apply to the Trust for a University grant in the year. We appreciate that most people will not have a confirmed place but if you are planning to go to University in Sep/Oct you should apply in expectation of gaining a place. We will decide on grant awards at our meeting but payment of these will only be made once you have a place confirmed. Please help us, and yourselves, by completing your online applications to arrive by 15 June 2024.

If you are completing the form for someone else, i.e if you are a parent, place the grantees name in the NAME section on the form, but put your own name in, in the SIGNED section at the bottom including you relationship to the grantee in brackets. All details at the top of the form are for the grantee, eg, name / DOB etc.

Please ensure you have sufficient funds to initially purchase an item if your application is for financial support towards the item. The Trust only makes a payment towards an item after receiving a receipt of purchase.

Trustees will consider support for University applications once a year in the Summer meeting, usually June or July.

Please add the email address to your contacts so that any communication from the Trust is not sent to your Junk email folder.


A Registered Charity No: 1068720

• To be completed by the applicant in person, or by a parent for a child under 16.
• Please check that you meet the eligibility requirements for a grant as detailed at our Grant Criteria page before you complete the form.
• All information provided in this application form will be treated as strictly private and confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of the Trust. The information will be circulated to, and used by, the Trustees in reaching their decision with regard to the application. Information received will be retained in accordance with the Trust's retention of records policy details of which is available on request.

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  • Please enter School/College name, dates attended and qualifications obtained
  • Full Details of Course or Training for which a grant is required:

  • Personal/Financial Circumstances:

  • In completing the signature box and submitting this application form you are providing explicit consent for the use of the personal information provided in the way described.
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  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Can I apply if I am not a Dorset resident?

The Trustees support residents of the Piddle Valley primarily, and then consider those in the wider shire County of Dorset, excluding the South East Dorset conurbation (Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch etc)

“Many thanks indeed to both yourself and The Bridge Educational Trust for your help and financial assistance, which will undoubtedly give our son the opportunity to develop and flourish to his potential going forward. Without the Trust’s generosity, we would have most certainly struggled to meet these extra costs, so we both thank you most profusely.” JL 2020