Grants and bursaries for adult learners

Depending on your circumstances and the course you’re doing, you may be able to get financial help through a grant. Grants don’t have to be paid back. Bursaries are similar to grants but are usually linked to a particular career or type of course – like Dance and Drama Awards or residential bursaries.


Adult Learning Grant (ALG)

You could be eligible for up to £30 a week towards your learning costs through the Adult Learning Grant.

Fifty Plus In-work Training Grant

If you’re starting a new job at 50 plus after spending time out of work, [more] you may be able to get a grant to help with work-related training costs.

Educational Grants Advisory Service

Some charities and trusts offer financial help, but their eligibility rules vary. The Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS) provides information and advice on sources of funding through their Directory, helpline and website

General Federation of Trades Unions

The General Federation of Trades Unions Educational Trust has grants for full-time and Open University students of specific subjects within economic theory and history, industrial law, history and the principles of industrial relations.

Useful publications

You can also check:

  • the Educational Grants Directory (published by the Directory of Social Change)
  • the Charities Digest (Waterlow Information Services)
  • the Grants Register (Macmillan Press)
  • the Directory of Grant Making Trusts (Charities Aid Foundation)

These publications should be available in your local library.

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  1. michael john watkinson

    50 plus grant

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