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Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire Educational Foundation is a small registered charity supporting young people who live in Hertfordshire. We have grants, scholarships and funds to help young people with their education.  

Please send applications at least 8 weeks before the proposed activities so governors have plenty of time to process your application and can notify you in time. We won't consider any applications that aren't received at least 6 weeks before the visit. 

Under exceptional circumstances applications just outside of the fund, grant or scholarships age range may be considered.

Closing dates for applications are:

  • 28th February 2018
  • 20th May 2018
  • 10th October 2018



Who can send applications

Applications for school visit grants are only considered when the Headteacher gives evidence of an exceptional situation including reasons other than financial.

Applications for the Sir George Burns fund, travel scholarships and the Donald Mackean trust are considered 3 times a year and should be sent by the Head of your school or college, by a Youth Leader or other sponsor, along with a brief note of your suitability for an award.

Grants for School Visits (UK and abroad)

These grants are for pupils taking part in educational visits arranged by their school whose parents, due to exceptional circumstances other than financial, can't pay for all or part of the board lodging of the visit.


The maximum grant awarded per child is £75 and schools must ensure that they can match fund this amount.

The Sir George Burns Fund

The fund supports 16 – 21 year olds who have a disability or are underprivileged to:

  • purchase a special item of equipment or aid
  • take part in recreational and educational activities
  • take part in an expedition, short course or conference either within the UK or abroad.


The amount of award depends on the number and nature of applications but is usually between £50 and £500. 

Sir George Burns Fund letter (PDF)


Travel scholarships

The scholarship enables students aged 12 – 21 take approved courses and educational activities abroad, particularly when there's a benefit to the community they are visiting. Students are expected to be a resident abroad for at least 1 month.

Favorable treatment will be given to those applications where the benefit to the community you are visiting is clearly demonstrated. After the visit, scholarship holders will be expected to submit a brief report (approximately 1000 words) to the Foundation Governors.


Awards are made to individual students (not to groups) and normally range from £100 to £500 depending on the length of stay and where the student is visiting.

Travel Scholarship Letter (PDF)


The Donald Mackean Trust

The trust supports disadvantaged young people between the ages of 14 – 25 years to help them enter Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths or health and the environment related learning and careers.

  • Participation may be informal learning, academic courses, traineeships, apprenticeships and current or future employment.
  • Grants can be used for personal development, additional support, equipment or to cover other costs to enable participation.
  • Beneficiaries include young people under 25 who are in care or care leavers, carers, ex-offenders, refugees, parents or parents to be, those who have mental health issues, learning difficulties or disabilities, are in financial hardship or face other disadvantage.


Awards are made to individuals and not to groups. The amount of award will depend to some extent on the number and nature of applications, but is usually in the region of between £50 and £1000.

The Donald Mackean Trust Letter (PDF)


Contact us

Email the team or call 01992 556340 if you have any questions or queries.