Francis Courtney Educational Fund Grant Criteria

The original benefactors were trying to help the poor of Southall and Norwood Green through an almshouse charity and helping schooling.

Objects of the Fund

Awarding to beneficiaries: scholarships, bursaries or maintenance allowances tenable at any school, university, or another place of learning approved by the trustees.

Providing financial assistance, clothing, tools, instruments or books to help beneficiaries on leaving school, a university or any other educational establishment to prepare for, or to enter, a profession, trade or calling.

Activities of the Fund

One-off grants are given to assist in education, fees, living expenses or travel abroad to those living in the London Borough of Ealing. Preference is given to those who have not reached the age of 25 and who live in Southall or Norwood Green.

Criteria used in assessing applications to the Fund (revised 2016)

  1. Education is considered to include academic, sports, music, cultural, religious and arts education. Residential trips and travel costs in the UK or abroad will be considered.
  2. Applications are welcome from individuals.
  3. Applications are welcome from any voluntary organisation or charity which helps deliver the objects and activities of the Fund for those who have not reached the age of 25.
  4. Preference will be given to those resident in Southall and Norwood Green, but applications are welcome from any resident of the Borough of Ealing.
  5. Preference will be given to those who have not reached the age of 25, but applications are welcome from older candidates.
  6. Preference will be given to those in greatest need of financial assistance.
  7. Preference will be given to those applicants who have not received a grant within the previous year.


All applicants will complete the application form online here.

The grants are allocated once a year:

  • Applications can be made between 1st of June and 31st of August each year
  • Shortlisting and interviews will then take place in September
  • Evaluation form to be completed between 1st and 31st January the following year.

Two references will be taken up for all shortlisted applications

The committee may interview the applicant by phone or in person should they feel this will be helpful in making a decision.

Grants are normally given in the range of £500-£1500 per year.

Successful applicants will be required to return the Evaluation Form provided with photographs of receipts showing how the money was spent, after Christmas and by 31st January at the latest in the year after the grant has been made.