A Guide to Learning Grants and Bursaries


Grants and Bursaries

Grants and bursaries can help adult learners fund a training programme, as well as support you with the associated costs (travel, accommodation, course materials etc.). 


  • Generally in the region of £200-£300.
  • For individuals with low incomes.
  • For courses taken with affiliated training organisations.

These are generally offered by organisations, trusts or charities and are governed by different eligibility criteria. Contact the organisations directly to find out if you're eligible. 

You can also visit the Family Action website for information about the different kinds of educational grants currently available.

Aspiring learners with financial difficulties may also be eligible for Discretionary Learner Support. This comes in different forms – direct payment, loan – and the amount is determined by the training provider. To get advice about your specific circumstances, it is advisable to contact the National Careers Service (NCS) and speak to an adviser.


What's the difference between a bursary and a grant?

Bursaries usually differ from grants in that they are reserved for specific professions or qualifications. City and Guilds, for example, offer a number of bursaries each year for those looking to complete one of their qualifications.

Can I get industry-specific grants?

Yes, there are industry-specific grants for those seeking training within: