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Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation makes grants to both individuals and schools for a wide range of educational activities

Hello and welcome to the Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation website!

Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation is a charity offering financial support to individuals and schools to help people access education or training opportunities.  This website tells you all about us and how to apply for a grant from the Foundation.

We are a Leicester-based charity and we can help people resident in the Diocese of Leicester, which broadly includes the City of Leicester and most of the County of Leicestershire.  Our grants are available to individuals aged under 25 years, and to schools.  (Restrictions apply.)

To apply for a grant you will need to complete an application form – please see below to download the form and guidance notes.

You can also read about some of the people we have helped below.

for Individuals

The Foundation provides grants for educational and vocational training activities to persons in need of financial assistance, who are under the age of 25 years and who are, or one or more of their parents are, normally resident in the Diocese of Leicester.

for Schools

The Foundation provides grants to any maintained Church of England or other maintained school within the City of Leicester, or any Church of England School in the Diocese of Leicester.  Grants can be awarded for projects of any kind that would not normally be provided as part of state education.   Applicants should be mindful that the Governors are required by charity law not to fund equipment or costs that would normally be met from the school budget set by the local education authority or Department for Education.

Alderman Newton’s Education Foundation is managed by a Board of Governors, who are the charity’s trustees.  The Governors represent various local civic, educational and clerical offices for Leicester and Leicestershire, and there are also a number of co-opted Governors with special expertise.  The full Board of Governors meets 3 times per year.

The Board of Governors has an Education Committee, which reads all the applications for grant aid and makes recommendations to the Board.  The Education Committee meets once a month.  We advise you to submit your application 3 months in advance of your activity or course start date.

If you would like to contact the Foundation, please click here, or to apply for a grant, see how to apply.

You can also find out more about the history of the foundation.

Recent Projects

Who can apply?

Individuals

To apply for a grant from this scheme you must be:

  • under the age of 25 years
  • able to demonstrate that you are in need of financial assistance
  • either you or one of your parents must be resident in the Diocese of Leicester*.  If you are living in the Diocese independently, you must have lived here for a reasonable amount of time (usually, a minimum of two years) in order to qualify for a grant.

*The Diocese of Leicester includes the City of Leicester and most of the County of Leicestershire.  You can check whether you live in the Diocese by visiting http://www.achurchnearyou.com/ and entering your postcode in the Parish Finder.

Unfortunately, the following are not eligible:

  • people resident in Leicester/Leicestershire only for the purposes of study (ie. with a main/parental home elsewhere)
  • those classed as overseas students by the educational establishment at which they are studying (with the exception of refugees/asylum seekers who have leave to remain in the UK, and who otherwise meet the residency criteria).

Eligible individuals can apply for grants that will advance their education.  For example:

  • financial assistance, clothing, uniforms, books, tools or other equipment that will help someone leaving school, college or university to enter their chosen profession (e.g. equipment you need for a vocational training course);
  • costs associated with taking up a confirmed place at a secondary school*, college, university, or other institution of further education;
  • travel bursaries or allowances if you need to travel as part of your education;
  • financial assistance to students of music or other arts;
  • religious instruction in the doctrines of the Church of England.

*Applications for school fees will only be considered in exceptional circumstances, such as where there is a clearly identified special need.  Please contact the Foundation to request a copy of our factsheet, Guidance on grants for school fees.

 

 

Schools

To apply for a grant from this scheme your school must be either:

  • a Church of England school in the Diocese of Leicester*, or substantially serving the Diocese of Leicester, or
  • a maintained school in the City of Leicester.

*The Diocese of Leicester includes the City of Leicester and most of the County of Leicestershire.  If you are not sure whether your school falls within the Diocese, please call Charity Link on 0116 222 2200 for advice.

Eligible schools can apply for grants towards projects that would not normally be considered part of state education provision.

Examples of the type of project that have been funded in the past include:

  • Peace Gardens
  • Stained glass windows
  • Items with a Christian ethos
  • Items which enhance collective worship
  • Support to children eligible for pupil premium/free school meals for school trips or visits

Please note that the Governors will not fund equipment or costs that would normally be met from your school budget.  For example:

  • salary costs for core teaching or other core staff employed by your school, in exercising their core duties;
  • the general maintenance and running costs of your school;
  • the 10% Governing Body Liability for capital projects in voluntary aided schools (or academies that were previously voluntary aided schools).

How to apply

To apply simply download the relevant application form.

for Individuals

for Schools

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If you need any help completing the application form, or have any questions about your application, then please telephone 0116 222 2200 or email info@charity-link.org

Individuals

Please apply at least 3 months in advance of your course start date.  You must submit a completed  application form for individuals.  Please read the Guidance Notes carefully before you complete the form.

When you send us your application, please enclose confirmation of your place on the course from the education or training provider who is running it.

The application form asks for details of three referees, and you will need to ask all three of your referees to write you a reference letter.  Please send in your three reference letters with your application form.

You will need to provide evidence of your total household income.  Usually we need copies of the most recent form P60 (or the last 3 months’ wage slips) for the parent(s) you live with. If your parent(s) are in receipt of state benefits, please send copies of correspondence showing their current benefit awards.  If you are estranged from or otherwise living independently of your parents, then please provide evidence of your own sources of income in the same way (ie. P60/wage slips and/or benefits).

We would be grateful if you could also complete our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form.

Your application will be considered by the Foundation’s Education Committee.  The Education Committee normally meets monthly throughout the year, and the deadline for applications is usually one week prior to their meeting.  To find out the date of the next meeting, please call 0116 222 2200 and ask when you should submit your application by.

The Committee may ask you to attend an interview before making a decision about your application.

We will write to you to let you know if your application has been successful.  The decision of the Governors is final.  Payment to individuals may be by cheque, by vouchers or by direct purchase of equipment, as deemed most appropriate by the Committee.  Fees for educational or training establishments are paid directly to the establishment.

Please send your application in writing to:  The Clerk to the Governors, Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation, 20A Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN.

Schools

Please apply at least 3 months in advance of your project start date.  You must submit a completed application form for schools.  Please read the Guidance Notes carefully before you complete the form.

You will need to send us a copy of your school’s current budget statement.  Please also enclose any other supporting documentation you wish the Governors to consider.

Your application will be considered by the Foundation’s Education Committee.  The Education Committee normally meets monthly throughout the year, and the deadline for applications is usually one week prior to their meeting.  To find out the date of the next meeting, please call 0116 222 2200 and ask when you should submit your application by.  We advise you to submit your application at least 3 months in advance of your project start date, as the Governors will not award funding retrospectively.

We will write to you to let you know if your application has been successful.  Grants are paid by cheque.  The decision of the Governors is final.

Please send your application in writing to: The Clerk to the Governors, Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation, 20A Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN.

Contact us

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Clerk to the Governors
Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation
c/o Leicester Charity Link
20A Millstone Lane
Leicester
LE1 5JN

 

Email:    info@charity-link.org

Tel:          0116 222 2200

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