The Sylvia Short Educational Charity

Please note that the closing dates for applications are February 28th, May 31st and November 30th.  Please ensure that your application is made well in advance of the proposed visit/activity as the allocation meetings take place a week after each closing date and the charity does not make retrospective grants.


Funding Additional Learning Opportunities for Young People

The objective of the Sylvia Short Educational Charity is to promote education by the making of grants for fieldwork and extracurricular studies.


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Supporting educational Development

We love to hear feedback from the causes we support! Here is a selection of our latest feedback! 

The funding we have received from Sylvia Short has made a massive difference to us. It was really special to be able to being the pupils to see a piece of theatre, and for many this was their first experience. We have noticed a big difference in our pupils since taking them to see the production, in many cases writing and reading has improved as it has helped the pupils tap into their creative skills.

Headteacher from Stoke Prior

Our school is set in a very rural location and so for us we are very reliant on coach travel funding to be able to access theatrical experiences. Being able to bring our pupils to see the production today has been deeply rewarding. Many of the pupils have never been to the theatre and this experience will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Teacher from Lucton

It is always very special for us as a school to be able to take our pupils on a trip to The Courtyard and see a production or take part in a project. Without the funding the pupils educational experience would be very lacking and trips like these enrich them no end.

Primary School Teacher from Marden

“A truly amazing expedition. . . We were richer by far.  We had experienced the differences, similarities and warmth of a culture not our own.  We had given and received support to and from our fellow team members, suffered, lived, eaten and laughed with one another”

“The whole week was a great success. The 12 children who were supported by the grant certainly benefitted from their achievements in all the outdoor activities and the whole group bonded together very well.  This type of activity would not have the success rate it has if some children were excluded purely through financial difficulties”

“Year 9  went to a groundbreaking production of Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Masque of the Red Death’.  The play explored a number of substance misuse issues using puppetry, masks and visual theatre.  The school would like to thank the Sylvia Short Charity for sponsoring the cost of the coach.  A brilliant experience”
“Thanks to your grant we have been able to offer a much wider range of experiences to the pupils during our African Week”

“I leave the University of York Summer School with so many things. I leave with a confidence I never felt before.  I leave with friends who I have become closer to than I could possibly have believed.  Finally, I leave with  knowledge: knowledge of what’s to come if I work hard, of what I can have if I try my very best, and that is the most valuable thing of all”

“I want to thank you for taking us to the Symphony Hall and the Art Gallery.  It was really enjoyable.  The thing I liked the most was when we saw all the different art that William Turner painted”


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Frequently Asked Question.

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.