Funding Opportunities

At Blue Stamp Travel we appreciate that sometimes, despite how valuable a trip abroad might be, it can be difficult to find the money to pay for it. We strive to keep our prices as affordable as possible. We are also happy to support applications for funding from third parties, charities, grants or schools. 

Blue Stamp Travel does not have any affiliation with organisations listed on this page. Neither do we have any influence on decision making for grants nor are we able to guarantee funding is available from these or other organisations.

Top Tips on Applying for Funding

  • Retrospective funding is very rare. Make sure you apply before you travel and ideally before you make full payment.
  • We recommend that if you are attempting to secure funding that you apply in plenty of time. Some schemes can take several months to make a decision.
  • Highlight the benefits that travel and working abroad or a language course will bring you. You should use specific examples of the skills you are seeking to develop and the outcomes that you hope to achieve.
  • Provide information about the programme or course so that the assessors of your grant application are aware what you will be doing. Make sure you give enough information whilst keeping it succinct. You may provide links to our website to help. 

If you are aware of any funding streams that support students learning languages we would love to feature them on our site. Please get contact us.

Awarding Bodies

You may wish to consider contacting some of the following:



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Community Foundation (Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and North England)

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The Community Foundation award grants to benefit people and places in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and across North East England, through nearly 300 different funds set up by people and organisations who want to make a difference. 

Community Foundation

Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Masonic Charitable Foundation supports students who are in Further Education or Higher education who can demonstrate a family connection to a Freemason. Further details on their website. 

Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Norman Barnett Languages Trust

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The Norman Barnett Languages Trust is a local charity which was set up by the will of the late Norman Barnett. Norman was a well known trader on Dewsbury Market with a love of foreign languages. The aim of the Trust is to promote the study of foreign languages by young people. 

The Trust has been in operation for eighteen years and has awarded over 266 grants to young people living in the Dewsbury area and to local schools.

Who can apply?

Anyone who is resident within a five mile radius of Dewsbury Town Hall who is 24 years old or under on 31 December of the year in which the grant is awarded and who has demonstrated some ability in the study of foreign languages.

Organisations such as schools can also apply provided most of their students are resident with a five mile radius of Dewsbury Town Hall.

The Norman Barnett Languages Trust

The Nottingham Education Trust


Applications for individual Bursaries of up to £750 per person must meet the following criteria:

  •  Applicants must have been resident in the City of Nottingham for the last five years or longer
  • Applicants must be under the age of 21 at the time of application
  • Applicants must be pursuing an activity that is outside of formal education, particularly in Music & the Arts, the Sciences, Sports and Outdoor and Adventurous pursuits
  • Applicants must show evidence of having made positive efforts to raising funds themselves towards the activity.

The Nottingham Education Trust

Soroptimists International

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The Soroptimists are a group for women and older girls. Their mission is to improve the lives of women and girls. They have a grant fund called the Diamond Education Grant provide grants to assist women to update their skills after employment breaks or to acquire new skills to improve their opportunities for employment and promotion. Awards are made to help towards the cost of course fees or books/equipment, not for living expenses.

The grants that are awarded included courses as diverse as helicopter engineering, teacher training, an MA in play therapy, a BSc in midwifery, a conversion course for  an overseas qualified pharmacist and a diploma in sign language interpreting.

Soroptimists International (Great Britain and Ireland)

Nottingham Soroptimist Trust 

Shepherd Street Trust (Preston and surrounding areas)

The Shepherd Street Trust, established in 1876 serves the area of Preston and supports applicants withing a 50 mile radius of the Town Hall. 

Among other aims, the trust supports those people who are in need, hardship and distress and provides funds to such persons with a view to support educational, social and physical training needs.


Y-Notts gives grants to young people or groups for the purpose of furthering their training and personal development.

To qualify you should generally be aged 15 to 30 and live in Nottinghamshire. We can make special provisions in exceptional circumstances for people outside of the prescribed age range.

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