Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation (Bedford)

Level of study
Any Postgraduate, Any Undergraduate
Subject area
Arts and Law, Drama and Theatre Arts, Music, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, Social Sciences
Type of Award
Deadline for applying
None. Open all year.

Award Description

Grants by the Charity can be given for the purposes set out in the Charity’s scheme, which provides for grants for:

  • financial assistance, outfits, special clothing needed in connection with a course, tools, instruments or books to enable beneficiaries at university

  • otherwise promoting the education (including social and physical training) of beneficiaries.  Under this heading the Trustees will consider assisting with expenses which have to be met as part of a course at university etc.

Value of Award

The amount of grant available would normally have an upper limit of £500.  In exceptional circumstances the grant may increase to £750, but grants over £750 would not be supported.  Travel expenses to and from school would not normally be supported.

 No cash grants are made.  A successful applicant will be advised of the amount of grant and will be reimbursed up to this amount after producing receipts for the books/equipment/materials etc. specified in the application.  At this stage, applicants will be required to produce with their application written confirmation from their university, or other educational establishment, that they have commenced the course and an indication as to whether or not the items any applicants wish to finance with a grant are essential to their studies or desirable.

Eligibility Criteria


Grants must be given for the benefit of young people who are in need of financial assistance.  Applicants should be under the age of 25 years when applying to the Foundation and have normally completed their course by their 25th birthday. 

Place of Residence

The usual place of residence of applicants must be the Borough of Bedford.  Trustees normally expect that applicants will have been resident in the Borough for at least three years.


The Trustees award grants according to the candidate meeting the requirements of age and residency as above.  The income of the applicant and/or parents/guardians is also taken into consideration when awarding grants.

How to Apply

To view Guidance Notes and download a copy of the Application form, visit the organisation website or contact Committee Services, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street,  Bedford  MK42 9AP (Tel: Bedford 228193).

For more information please visit the website.