In brief

The Educational Grants Directory (2004-05)

By Alan French, Dave Griffiths, Emma Jepson, Chris McGuire and Rebecca Ryland

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Do you have a pupil who is the dependant of someone who served in the Navy or the Royal Marines? Does the family have problems caring for the child? Did you know that a Navy charity may be able to help with uniform, outings, books, perhaps respite care? That's just one example of the sort of thing you can discover on the Grants for Individuals website of the Directory of Social Change, which includes and updates material from the current Educational Grants Directory.

Across the country there are grant-making trusts, usually set up, perhaps long ago, by bequests and often closely aimed at an occupational group or a religion. Around 3,500 of them are listed here, from small village trusts cared for by part-time local trustees, and disbursing a few hundred pounds a year, to multi-million-pound charities run by legal firms. Between them they have Pounds 362 million to give away.

What these bodies have in common is that they make grants not to organisations but to individuals. From 1987 onwards these trusts have been listed in DSC publications including the Educational Grants Directory, which headteachers have routinely trawled to help pupils with a particular need. Typically, a young person going on to college would be helped, for example, with a set of specialist books, or some catering knives, or a musical instrument.

Although the print directory has great value for browsing, the new website makes the search considerably easier. Entering a keyword, or selecting a category, narrows the choice, and the trusts that fit the bill are concisely summarised. The website, though more expensive than the book, also includes entries from another directory, A Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need, and is kept up to date by email.

There are no plans to phase the book out, however, and a new edition will be available towards the end of 2006.

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