Funding sources, Fundraising

The Guide to Educational Grants 2018/19

The Guide to Educational Grants contains over 1,100 sources of non-statutory financial help for people in education, offering a total of more than £55 million each year to the people you work with.

Available to pre-order. Published March 2018
In association with the National Union of Students

The 15th edition of The Guide to Educational Grants, is the only guide to education-related grants available in the UK. It presents information in a reader-friendly way by detailing who is eligible to receive grants, how to apply, different types of grants that are given, key information on what kind of projects are funded and the total amount of funding available.

Who should buy this book?

This book is for anyone working with students and helping them to find funds, such as:

Educational social workers, student welfare/finance officers, teachers and advice agencies including careers advisers, as well as the individuals themselves and their families.

If you work with students to advise them on money available to fund educational opportunities – whether school students, undergraduates or adult education – this guide is your one-stop-source for up-to-date information.

This is one of the most vital resources available for young people and others engaged in our Learning and Talent Programmes. It enables us to offer clear and practical adivce – particularly those from low income families and excluded communities – and for them to achieve their ambitions.’

Steve Mannix, Executive Director, Mercury Theatre Colchester


More than ever, we are humbled by the generosity and hard work of charities that support so many students in need. This guide is invaluable. Not only is it a comprehensive guide to sources of support available, it is testament to society’s commitment to access to education which changes people’s lives every day.’

Shakira Martin, NUS President

About the authors

Rachel Cain

Rachel joined DSC in 2015 and contributes to DSC’s publications and funding websites. She is co-author of the Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2016/17 and the Guide to New Trusts 2016/17 and has contributed to a number of other publications. She also works on policy issues and campaigns, particularly the Big Lottery Refund campaign.

Rachel also has voluntary experience with a number of third sector organisations, ranging from a community development charity in London to a befriending service in Denmark.

She has a BA (Hons) in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford, where she successfully campaigned for the Living Wage and was also elected as a Charities Officer. Before joining DSC she worked with an MP, setting up a project in local schools and assisting community groups with funding applications. She is particularly interested in social policy and politics.

Ian Pembridge

Ian joined DSC in as a volunteer in April 2014 before becoming a full-time member of the team later that year, and he has worked on several publications including the Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need, the Guide to Company Giving and the Directory of Grant Making Trusts. He has also been involved in a variety of other research projects including the Sector Insight: UK Grant-Making Trusts and Foundations and Armed Forces Charities reports.

He currently splits his time between working on DSC publications and managing the website, which brings together information on sources of regional, national and European government funding. His main responsibilities are keeping the website up-to-date, researching new funding opportunities and acting as a main point of contact for both funders and subscribers.

He has a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Business from the University of Liverpool and has over five years’ experience working in the financial services industry. He has also volunteered at Wirral CVS where he was responsible for finding suitable opportunities for volunteers. His current areas of interest are social investment, corporate foundations, and European funding.

Need educational grant support?

If you are not an educational or welfare advisor but are yourself in urgent need of an educational grant or support and think you would benefit from information in this directory, organisations who may stock the directory as one of their resources are as follows:

  • the welfare or careers department of schools, colleges and universities
  • reference libraries
  • Citizen’s Advice
  • member offices of Advice UK (
  • educational advisors at local councils

Ask the organisations above if they stock the book as a resource. If they don’t then encourage them to stock the latest edition to enable them to help you and point them to this page to buy the book at the best price.

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Price £95.00

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