Grants and Advocacy Programme – Education Grants


East Midlands, East of England, Yorkshire and the Humber, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, South West, South East, London, North West, North East, West Midlands



Type of opportunity

Small grant

Closed for 2024
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Hope for the Young

About this opportunity

Our Grants and Advocacy Programme supports young people with insecure immigration status in the UK to access higher and further education by providing small grants of up to £4,500 alongside tailored advocacy support. We can provide small grants towards tuition fees, general study, transport costs and exam fees.
Applications for the academic year 2024/25  are open.
We are accepting applications for support for courses starting or continuing a new academic year from 1st September 2024. 

Level of Study

  • Pre-university
  • Other Levels
  • Undergraduate
  • Foundation

Other levels of study

Basic qualifications and up to a first degree – Entry level up to a level 6 qualification.


Asylum seeker, Refugee status, Humanitarian protection, Temporary refugee permission, Limited or Discretionary Leave to Remain (private/family life), Indefinite Leave to Remain, Ukraine schemes, Other forms of sanctuary (including Calais Leave, Section 67 Leave, UASC leave and Stateless Leave)

Additional notes about eligibility criteria

We do not provide financial support for  international students, private education courses and those who have exhausted their appeals and are unlikely to remain in the UK to complete their education.

We provide grants for young people between the ages of 16 – 28 years old only.

We do not provide support for postgraduate studies.

What is included in this opportunity?

  • Accommodation
  • Study costs (books, travel, etc.)
  • Other (see below)

Other support provided

A small contribution towards tuition fees for home fee rates.

Additional notes about support provided

Young people who receive a grant will also have the opportunity to access tailored advice and one-to-one support from Hope for the Young throughout their studies.

Our Grants and Advocacy Coordinator will be there to answer questions, signpost grant holders to new opportunities and services, and advocate on their behalf if they are facing difficulties.

Types of study available

  • Face-to-face
  • Part-time / flexible
  • Full-time

Other types of study

Basic qualifications and up to a first degree – Entry level up to a level 6 qualification.

Additional details about application process

All applications must be made via our online application form. The application form should be completed by a referrer on your behalf.  This could  be someone from an education or welfare organisation (e.g. a teacher, lecturer, Support Worker) or appropriate youth professional known to you (e.g. case worker, mentor, youth worker, pastor).

If you do not have anyone who can complete the application on your behalf, we can accept a self-referral.

However, you will need to include the contact details of someone who has agreed to provide a reference in support of your application – this should NOT be a friend or family member. Applications will not be assessed if these details are not included.

If you self-refer, you must still submit a full and detailed application form and provide proof of your immigration status.

As we are a small charity our funds are extremely limited. Our maximum grant is £4,500, however, most grants awarded will be smaller than this. Therefore, we will not be able to fund university tuition fees in full.

If you are seeking support for your tuition fees it is important that you also apply to other charities and can clearly demonstrate how you plan to meet the full costs of studying throughout the academic year. As part of your application we will require the names of the organisations and the amounts you have applied for.

Is this opportunity available for individuals outside of the UK?


For further questions contact Pamela Verma

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07448 155126