Northamptonshire High Sheriff Bursary Fund

What is the Northamptonshire High Sheriff Bursary Fund?

The Northamptonshire High Sheriff Bursary Fund makes individual awards to support employability for Care Leavers and Estranged Students graduating from the University of Northampton, to have a meaningful impact on an individual’s future education, employment, aspirations and quality of life.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation is an independent grant-giving organisation that aims to improve the quality of life for people in our County by awarding grants to grassroots groups. You can find out more about us on the Northamptonshire Community Foundation website.

The grant can support costs such as:

  • Essential equipment – please note that if applying for a bursary to purchase a laptop, consider why the laptop is needed and how it will be used.
  • Travel costs
  • Graduation Ceremony costs
  • Clothes – for attending interviews or for work purposes
  • Other essential costs

Size of Grant: Applications can be for up to £500.

High Sheriff Bursary Fund Eligibility

Please read the following criteria to see if you’re eligible to apply.

  • You must be able to provide evidence to show you have been in care, or under a care order for a period of at least thirteen weeks since the age of 14 or you are estranged from your parents. This evidence can be provided by University of Northampton, a supporting letter from your Northamptonshire Local Authority, or Student Finance England.
  • You must be living in Northamptonshire.
  • You must be a student enrolled on a full-time or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University of Northampton and in your final year of study.
  • You must be under the age of 25.
  • The University of Northampton referee must be a professional who is aware of your circumstances e.g. a lecturer, tutor, or a member of the support staff.
  • You must not be living with parents or receiving any financial support from parents.

How to apply for the High Sheriff Bursary Fund

Please complete and submit your bursary application form along with any supporting evidence.

We can only accept one application per student. You may receive a phone call from a member of our staff requesting further information. You will normally receive a decision within six weeks.

Application form

Our Commitment

We are committed to making our criteria understandable and accessible whilst supporting applicants to make the best application possible. We will ensure we are being transparent about our processes and, where possible, engaging local people and the fund holders in making the final decision. We will strive to make grants and bursary awards that are relevant to local need and have a direct impact on the community and supporting projects that help people to help themselves. We will ensure that all applications are treated fairly and undergo an assessment process. We will make sure that all grants and bursary awards given are measurable and that successful applicants are aware of our expectations and also supporting applicants in line with the donor’s expectations and criteria. We aim to assess all completed applications quickly and make them available for the next panel date.

Contact Northampton Community Foundation

If you need any help completing the form, please contact Alex Rex at the following:

18 Albion Place,

Telephone: 01604 230033

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