The UK has a strong tradition of philanthropy, and there are many thousands of charities, trusts, and foundations out there with grant-making power totalling millions. These voluntary bodies vary considerably in size and resources- from huge multi-million pound organisations like Oxfam to small trust funds run by a few volunteers. Some of them are specific: The Vegetarian Charity will only grant postgraduate funding to students with a history of vegetarianism or veganism, and The Leverhulme Trades Charities Trust will only finance students who are the related to grocers, chemists, or commercial travellers. Most of them, however, are interested in simply helping people overcome financial difficulty, and that includes helping students with postgraduate funding.
Whether you are looking for £500 or a research trip, or are trying to raise thousands to finance a whole Masters or PhD, you should definitely check out charities and trusts. The trouble is knowing where and how to begin.
The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is intended to solve that problem- it will show you how to identify, how to find, how to approach, and how to successfully apply to charities with the simple yet effective methods which won the authors over £45,000 in charity grants. It also contains a list of over 300 of the best funding sources, selected by the authors.
There is no other student funding guide available from any source which has more than a few paragraphs of information on charities and trusts.