How old do you have to be to apply for a grant?

17 to 24 for Scholarship Grants (at university/degree level) at the time of applying; between 16 and 24 for Vocational and any age up to 24 for Personal Support.

What are the main criteria for getting a grant?

The grant has to be for educational purposes.
The applicant or their parents/carers have to be claiming means-tested benefits.
The applicant has to be resident in Wiltshire or Swindon (sometimes for 2 or 3 years).

What grants are there?

There are 3 types of grant – Scholarship, Vocational and Personal Support. Please see the relevant sections as they are quite different.

How much am I likely to get?

This varies according to the grant. Personal Support and Vocational Grants are up to a maximum of £1,000 and are ‘one-off’.  Scholarships can be up to £5,000 for each year at university.

I am still at school or college – can I still get a grant?

If you aged 16 or above you can apply for a Vocational Grant. If you have a disability then the Personal Support Grant is for any age at school.

What sorts of things can I get a grant for?

In the past Vocational Grants and Personal Support Grants have been awarded for IT equipment; school/college trips; special courses; protective clothing and equipment
Scholarship Grants are a contribution to living and accommodation costs at university.

I have already started university and did not know about you – can I still apply?

Yes, but your application cannot be considered until the following July and so you would get a grant (if awarded) for year 2 on.

What is the process – will I have an interview?

If you apply for a Scholarship you will have an interview with a Grants Officer to go through your application and budget sheet.
For Vocational and Personal Support Grants the Grants Officer will contact you (or the person completing the form on your behalf) to discuss your application.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

We notify people the week following a panel meeting.

What is the maximum I can apply for?

This varies according to the grant. Personal Support and Vocational Grants are up to a maximum of £1,000 and are ‘one-off’.  Scholarships can be up to £5,000 for each year at university.

How long are the grants for?

Scholarship Grants for university/degree study are for the duration of the course – usually 3 years.
Vocational and Personal Support grants are for a maximum of 1 year, though they are usually for specific items.

How will I get the money?

When you accept our grant offer and return our signed terms and conditions it will be paid into your bank account. You can have a cheque if you wish or payment can be made to a third party (for example, the provider of the item or service).

How do I apply?

Use the apply buttons in the relevant section. This starts an initial Expression of Interest to check that you are eligible. If you are, you will be sent an application pack with guidelines.

I have been awarded a Scholarship Grant but did not get a place at university. What do I do?

If you have applied for a Scholarship Grant, but did not meet your offer requirements, you need to let us know immediately. If you get a place through Clearing, then we may still be able to award your grant. If you decide to apply again to university the following year, then just apply to us again.

What if I decide to spend the grant money on something else?

The grants are awarded against your application and what you stated as your requirements. If you use the money for something else, you need to let us know. We reserve the right to ask for money to be returned if it was used for purposes other than stated and agreed in the application.

Will I get all the money I have applied for?

No, not all grant applications are awarded. Some grants may be awarded at a lower amount than asked for. It may be that we can help you find the same thing at  lower cost, or that what you have applied for does not meet the criteria for an educational grant. Funds are limited.

How is the decision made?

The decision is made by a panel of people who consider your application and the Grants Officer’s assessment.