Thomas Wall Trust

Status: Open for applications, see website for deadlines


Grant for registered charities undertaking educational or social welfare projects in the UK, and for individual disadvantaged students for vocational courses or courses concerned with social welfare.


Maximum Value:£ 1,000

Value Notes

Grants are made up to a maximum value of £1,000 for organisations and individuals.

Extended Description

The Thomas Wall Trust offers grants to registered charities active in the UK.

The scheme is intended to support organisations that provide innovative services in education or social welfare

Latest Information

Deadlines are as follows:

  • Organisations - The Trustees meet twice a year, in July and November. Applications for the July meeting must be received by the end of May and for the November meeting by the end of September.
  • Individuals:
    • Further Education courses, such as college or other skills/technical courses - Applications may be made from January each year for courses starting later in the year or for a course that the applicant is already enrolled on. The closing date is variable although the Fund will usually close in August.
    • Vocational Higher Education courses, Level 4 Courses or Postgraduate degrees – Applications may be made from January each year for courses starting in September of that year (or for students who are returning for a further year of study in September of that year). Applications will close to new applicants at the end of March or when the first 150 applications have been received, whichever is earlier.

Key Criteria

Registered charities in the UK with an annual income of less than £200,000 are eligible to apply.

Applications are welcomed from individual disadvantaged students who can show real need for financial assistance and who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years, prior to the start of their course. Applicants must be aged 16 years or over.

Eligible Expenditure

Grants are made to organisations for purposes that serve the social and/or educational needs of their communities. Funding for specific projects or activities are preferred, rather than general running costs.

For individuals, the Trust may assist with the cost of pursuing technical or skill-based training which will improve their prospects of finding paid work. The Trustees are particularly interested in supporting people who are studying part-time, and those who can show they are investing in their plans for the future.

Match Funding Restrictions

Organisations need to show how a grant of this size will help make a clear and significant contribution to their project or activity.

Grants to individuals normally supplement assistance received from other sources. The Trustees need to be satisfied that the applicant will have sufficient funds to complete the proposed course, and also that the course is reasonable in cost and cannot be undertaken at less cost elsewhere.


Grants to organisations are not made for the following:

  • Charities that have received a grant in the last five years.
  • Building or redevelopment work.
  • Projects which take place within hospital, nursing or residential care settings.
  • Medical research.
  • Almshouses.
  • Projects outside the UK.

Grants to individuals are not made for the following:

  • To undergraduate degree students (this includes first and second degrees).
  • To people who already hold a postgraduate or professional qualification and who can still work in the field in which they are qualified.
  • To those who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of their course.
  • Travel, study or work experience abroad.
  • Elective periods or intercalated courses.
  • Attendance at conferences.
  • Research or study for higher degrees by research.
  • Business start-up.
  • GCSEs or A Levels.
  • School children.

Unless they can show a compelling need for support, it is unlikely that applicants will be shortlisted if they are:

  • Currently earning an above average salary.
  • From families with above average parental or partner earnings. Further information on parental income is required from all applicants under the age of 25 years.

Application Procedure

Organisations must complete an application form which can be downloaded from the Trust's website. Application forms, along with a copy of the organisation's most recent audited accounts (if these are not available on the Charity Commission website), may be returned by email or post.

Individuals must complete an online application form at the Trust's website.

Contact the Thomas Wall Trust for further information

Addresses and contacts

Application forms are available on the website

Contact details:
Grants Administrator
Thomas Wall Trust
Skinners' Hall
8 Dowgate Hill