Tower Hamlets and Canary Wharf Further Education Trust

Are you starting a new education or training course in September?

Are you struggling to identify a source of funding to support your studies? 

We might be able to help. 

About the trust

The Tower Hamlets and Canary Wharf Trust Fund is a joint initiative led by the council and Canary Wharf Group. Since it was established in 1990, it has supported more than 4,500 residents of the borough. 

The trust's mission is to promote further and higher education as well as vocational training for Tower Hamlets residents with a particular focus on those in the greatest need of financial support to make the journey through education and into employment. 

What support is on offer?

Financial grants to help with education costs for Tower Hamlets residents taking the following:

  • further education course
  • higher education course
  • residential agricultural course
  • postgraduate course for a vocational qualification

Any resident not eligible for mainstream student finance can apply for support with fees.

Residents with a household income below £13,000 can also apply for maintenance support.

Check the complete guidance on calculating household income.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants should live in Tower Hamlets and have been resident in the borough since 21 June 2016. Exceptions may be made for those who have recently been granted refugee status.  Anyone with limitations on their ability to remain in the UK will normally not be eligible to apply. 

In general, the trust will not fund students who can obtain financial assistance from central or local government through schemes like Student Finance or the Mayor’s Education Award.

Read the full guidance on residency criteria.

What do previous applicants have to say about the scheme?

"The trust fund is a great resource for students like myself who cannot fund their education costs. I have only been able to complete my Masters with the help of this fund. My career prospects are now much wider. I feel I can now compete on an international level of professionalism within the film and TV industry. I thank the trust fund for helping me get this far."

Seemab - MA Filmmaking

“I benefited immensely from the grant I was awarded to pay my college fees. I wouldn’t have been able to complete this stage of my gardening course without it.”

Dymphna - City & Guilds in Hard Landscaping

“The trust fund has had a significant positive effect on my educational life. The fund helped me to undertake a Nutrition Specialist Diploma specifically in the UK fitness industry, which has opened up new career doors for me.”

Syeda - Nutrition Specialist Diploma

“It is brilliant! If I did not get funded I would never have got my diploma. I am going to train as a solicitor soon and it is all possible because of the help I received from the trust fund.”

Asma - Legal Practice Course

How to apply?

Applications are now open for 2019. The closing date is 5pm on Friday 21 June 2019. Any application received after the closing date will not be considered.

Complete an application

Ocean Estate Bursary Scheme

In addition to the above, there is also a separate scheme which provides support to residents of the Ocean Estate who are over 16 years of age and in higher education.

You can complete a new or a returning student application.