Educational Grants for Young People

Educational Funds for the Advancement of Education

The 2023 Educational Fund is now open and will close once all funds have been allocated.

Bristol Charities Educational Fund has been created by combining several funds together, this includes the former Hooks Mills Educational Fund and the Bagshaw Birkin Fund. The purpose is to create access to opportunities for young people where no loans or public funds are available.

grant amount caps:

We can help with the following:

Outings & school trips




The study of music, dance, art, sport, etc.

Other extra-curricular activity


Specialised clothing / kit

Religious instruction


Applicants must:

Applicant should be 25 years or younger

Live within a 10 mile radius of the centre of Bristol

Must not have received funding through the educational programme in the past 3 years

Only apply for one grant per household

Be on a low income or be in receipt of free school meals

We cannot help with the following:

School uniform

School fees

How to Apply

Applications for general education funds must be made using the charities online grant application form. The application needs to be made by a sponsor who is usually known to the applicant, through an educational/religious/training establishment or through support or other agencies - including Scouts, Girls Guides and other Community Groups.

Please note that grant funding will be in most cases made direct to the educational / training / community establishment or group, or to suppliers.

grants awarded in 2020
of grant funding distributed in 2020

“I cannot thank you enough for helping me get a proper bed. I have been on a camp bed for 5 weeks. I have a spinal problem…that has got worse. Today I got an orthopedic three quarter bed, with a nice metal frame. It is so comfortable. Thank you so much. I medically needed a bed and I am looking forward to sleeping in comfort.
With gratitude.”

— Ms R. R - Grant recipient

Dear Sir, Madam and all who do the magnificent work at Bristol Charities,

You recently donated £120 to my mother, who has a damaged spine and neck; making sleeping very painful.

I got a memory foam from Bristol Bed Maker with other funds to make up the shortfall. It is wonderful!!! Thank you so much it really makes a difference!

— Mr G. B

Thanking you very much for the carpet you supplied to me. After many months of homelessness, I am now settled in my new flat.

Your generosity and kindness has helped me greatly and the contractors did a great job. Once again, Thank you.

— Mr R. M

Thank you to Bristol Charities and supplier for the Russel Hobbs oven which is brill! I had my first roast dinner this week.

Well done and I hope I can give back one day.

— Mr R. A

The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Bristol, BS16 2QQ