education support


Forms to be submitted by        Decision to follow

15th December 17 by  19th January 18
23rd March 18 by  27th April 18
15th June 18 by 13th July 18
4th August 18 by 7th September 18
10th September 18 by 12th October 18

All application forms can now be completed and submitted on-line.  Hard copies are available on request.

Individual grants

(for residents in TW9, TW10, & SW14)

Grey Court School Farm

RPLC supports courses of study or training for those who cannot afford to pay the full cost. Our grants are available to be used towards fees, equipment, child care cost and/or other living expenses.  We recognise that especially in today's competitive economy, people may need additional qualifications to find employment or improve their income potential. Some will be building on previous educational achievements, others could be rethinking their career path because of changed circumstances or limited opportunities in their field.

We aim to enable entry to Further and Higher Education Programmes to help

  • increase job prospects 
  • set up/expand one’s own business.
  • achieve independence and/or quality of life.  

Grants are normally only given for courses in the public sector except in those cases where they are unavailable in state-maintained institutions. Please read the guidelines first before submitting an application form.  If you request a grant of less than £500, please click here.  Anyone after a grant for more than £500, please click here.  Forms are saved as you complete them and you can work on them over several sessions.  All you need to access an incomplete form is to return to our website, using the same laptop/device as before, and click on the form you started. This will take you back to the application as you left it.  Please bear in mind information is only saved for two weeks.  The next step will be an (informal) interview with the Education Director.  Individuals will be asked to bring with them proof of residence and family income.  References will also be taken up.

Individuals who receive help with the costs for a second or third year of study will need to send in a grant renewal form after the 1st July for support with the expenditure related to the next academic year. Grants have been awarded to assist with expenditure for courses in  e.g. gas fitting, beauty therapy, accounting as well as for undergraduate programmes.  Many of our applicants face challenges, such as mental health issues, divorce, homelessness, a criminal record, (long term) unemployment and/or debt.   A significant number are single parents.

Sector Training grants

Russell School - New Instruments

These are on offer to organisations that serve the needs of our local community. Priority  will  be given to applications from individuals working for a small or medium sized charity  in  Richmond, who

  • are paid employees
  • wish to undertake a course or programme that is relevant to their position AND that will benefit their current employer

You will need to complete an application form and be aware that your employer will need to support your request for funding.

Examples include a CIPD level 5 course for an HR professional and an MSc in Family therapy for a charity worker.

Child Support Grants

Grants for schools in Richmond with children from TW9, TW10, SW13 and SW14

Additional funding is made available to schools in the RPLC benefit area at the beginning of each academic year to support children from low income families. Whilst the Pupil Premium is generally used for the purpose of Learning Support, the RPLC contribution makes it possible for all pupils to access school outings, residential trips, school based extra-curriculur clubs, swimming lessons or other sporting events.

The grant is used at the discretion of the head teacher and a report on how the money was spent is sent to the Charity each summer.

Organisational Project grants

RPLC also supports Richmond based organisations with educational initiatives and programmes, such as assistance for PTAs with fundraising efforts and projects that promote learning opportunities for adults or children.   

In previous years, RPLC has – amongst others - engaged with the LBRuT Care Leaving team, Kew Approved Premises, the Richmond Music Trust, the Richmond Museum, Learn English at Home, the Marshgate After School Club and the Parents Teachers Association of Meadlands School.

If you wish to apply for an education grant for your organisation, please use this application form.  Guidelines are available as well. 

Holly Lodge - Victorian Experience


For any queries, please contact the RPLC Education Director, Nancy Van den Broeck.