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Charities and Trusts

Below are some charitable funding schemes that may be available to you

The British Association of Health Services in Higher Education (BAHSHE) runs the Student Disability Assistance Fund which helps students with disabilities to keep up with their studies. The maximum amount of each award is £500 and students must be involved in higher education on a full-time or nearly full-time basis.

The Snowdon Award Scheme provides grants to physically impaired students to help them access further or higher education or training.

The Mike Devenney Scholarship can help disabled higher education students with some of the costs of studying at higher education institutions.

The Birkdale Trust for Hearing Impaired offers financial grants to young people (up until mid-20s) who have a hearing impairment and are residents of the UK.

The Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of the applicant's academic background, leadership skills and demonstrated passion for Computer Science

The Gardner's Trust for the Blind is for people living in the United Kingdom who are blind or partially sighted.

Contact details: Gardner’s Trust for the Blind, 117 Charterhouse Street & Tel:020 7253 3757

The Matthew Trust is a last-stop agency providing one-off grants given to people who have mental health difficulties. Grants are given only when all other avenues of funding are exhausted. Applicants for grants must demonstrate either that no other avenue of funding is open to them, or that they have succeeded in getting their need part-funded - applications made through professionals, key workers, etc.

View these Disability Rights UK Education Factsheets for advice on benefits, tax credits, independent living and other help you can get.


Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities

Skill produced a range of information booklets on all aspects of post-16 education, training and transition to employment, including a particularly useful booklet: Funding for Disabled Students in Higher Education.