Guidance for funding requests

The objective of the Sylvia Short Educational Charity is to promote education by the making of grants for fieldwork and extra curricular studies to persons who:

  • are aged between 4 – 19
  • are in need of financial assistance; and
  • are attending school or college in Herefordshire

The Sylvia Short Educational Charity works hard to support those in greatest need of financial assistance.  Our funds are limited and requests for funding often outweigh our available resources.  Please ensure that you make the strongest case for funding and the impact it will have.

We will not ordinarily fund more than £500 for an individual application or over £1,000 for a group application.

Group Applications

Applications by schools, colleges and other appropriate educational organisations to benefit groups should be based on extra-curricular or off-site educational experiences or related needs.

Organisations should distinguish and identify by number those in specific financial need.

Examples of what we will consider for funding:

  • Field work and local environment projects.
  • Visits to art galleries, theatres, concerts, exhibitions, environmental centres, places of historic/architectural interest.
  • Cultural or foreign language exchanges or courses.
  • Equipment for after-school clubs, based on the academic curriculum.
  • The purchase of fieldwork equipment to facilitate educational experiences.

Individual Applications

Applications may be made by individual pupils or students in full time or part time education in Herefordshire and MUST be supported by a senior staff member of the school or relevant organisation.

Examples of what we will consider for funding:

  • Purchase of essential books and equipment to assist study.
  • Fees for additional courses of study or examination fees not generally borne by the local authority or available through state provision.
  • Overseas work experience.
  • Musical instruments.

All applications to the charity must be made through the school or appropriate organisation.  Applications from parents WILL NOT be eligible.

Please note the following when making your application:

  1. Priority will be given to those in greater financial need.
  2. Gap year students are not normally eligible under the terms of the Charity.
  3. Retrospective consent will not be given for grants. The trustees meet 3 times per year after each closing date  (28th February, 31st May, 30th November) to allocate grants.