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The FSC Bursary Fund

FSC Bursary provides support to individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds enabling them to take part in FSC curriculum focussed courses with their school class. This support, for individuals, is valuable as it can be a deciding factor on whether or not a whole class experiences fieldwork and out of classroom learning.

'The commitment of the charity to furthering environmental education and the support they offer to disadvantaged young people enabled us to run a 5 day residential course for a group of students that otherwise would not have the opportunity. Without the funding from the FSC the trip would not have been possible as the cost would have been prohibitive for the majority.'            

Firth Park Community Arts College

Who might be eligible for support from FSC Bursary Fund?

Children and young people aged 4-19 attending school or college in the state sector who live in the 10% most deprived areas of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland

 Students meeting the criteria above who are attending a curriculum focussed FSC course

 What level of funding is available?

  • Bursaries of up to a maximum of 80% of the curriculum course fee for the student to attend a residential or day course at an FSC Centre
  • Bursaries can be awarded to a maximum per school of £1500 for residential courses and £450 for day visits per academic year.*
  • Each individual student may only benefit from one bursary.

*Applications from schools with a group size of more than 30 students of whom at least 50% are eligible for bursary support will be considered on an individual basis.

How do I apply?

  • Applications must be made by the school on behalf of the individuals. Schools should check that individuals are eligible for support prior to application by checking that the individual’s home postcode connects to one of the 10.00% most deprived areas of the UK.  Indices of Multiple Deprivation are used as the indicator of deprivation Download How to Check Student Eligibility (PDF)
  • Applications should be made on the FSC application form which can be downloaded below

When can I apply?

  • Applications can be made at any time but must be made at least 4 weeks prior to the date of the FSC course
  • Schools can only apply once per academic year but the application may be for students attending different FSC courses eg A level biology and GCSE geography.
  • Schools may apply to the FSC Bursary Fund in subsequent years but support will be reduced on a sliding scale and preference will be given to first time applicants.

FSC Bursary Fund will not fund

  • Whole group costs where financial disadvantage is not justified at an individual level
  • Transport costs to and from the FSC Centre
  • Visits to non FSC centres or courses at FSC Centres which are not taught by FSC staff
  • Groups eligible to apply to FSC Kids Fund
  • The purchase of personal equipment needed on course e.g.  daysacks, clothing, toiletries, snacks (waterproof coat and trousers, wellies and boots available at Centre)
  • Bursary Fund cannot be used in conjunction with any special offers or promotions e.g. First Travel Solution bookings

When will I hear if I have been successful?

We know it is important to get a quick response to your request for FSC Bursary Fund support. We will try to respond to your request for support within 10 working days, from receipt of your request, assuming that you provide us with all the information we need.

Decisions will be made by the FSC Bursary Fund Board. FSC has limited administrative time and will not enter into appeals or debate with applicants once the final decision has been made. 

Following the decision from the FSC Bursary Fund Board, FSC will contact the school by letter or email. The school must sign to accept the Terms and Conditions of the FSC Bursary Fund and return these before FSC can release the cheque to the school. The FSC Centre which you are visiting will invoice the school for the full course fee.

FSC Bursary Terms and Conditions
One of the Terms and Conditions for the school is to complete a written report (500 words) on their course and send 3 digital photographs in a .jpeg or alternative file format to FSC Head Office within one months of course completion.

 Full terms and conditions can be downloaded here

 Further information

Why are Indices of Multiple Deprivation used as an indicator of disadvantage?
Data from the most recent source will be used including England Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2015 DCLG Wales WIMD 2008 National Assembly Wales SIMD 2009 The Scottish Government NI Multiple Deprivation Measure 2010 Republic of Ireland new measures of Deprivation (Hasse and Pratschke 2006) at Electoral District Level showing very or extremely disadvantaged.  This is government data which uses small areas (in England called LSOAs - lower super output areas) which have populations of about 1500 people. The deprivation figures take into account a wide range of disadvantage measures (income, employment, health, education, housing, crime levels and environment) and are widely accepted as the best available method of identifying disadvantage at a 'fine level'. To be considered for a bursary the home postcode of the individual student must have an IMD rank % of less than 10.00. Data from the most recent source will be used and links to these can be found below.

Read about how previous Bursary Fund recipients got on: 2013 recipients and 2012 recipients