In the candidate selection process we will look at each applicant’s early leadership record and potential. Candidates should also demonstrate their ability to seek funding for the course fee and travel costs to South Wales in imaginative ways.

Please read this section carefully for ideas and contacts that may help you make a stronger application to us.

Set up a page for donations

A crucial part of your fund-raising plan should be to set up your own web page. This will make it easier for people to read your story, follow your progress and most importantly, donate.

There are a number of websites available to do this, such as My Donate or Just Giving.

Your next step should be to let people know what your course is and why you’re doing it. Ensure that your page is up-to-date with photos, videos and personal posts so that it tells your story. By doing this you will give people a reason to return to your page and share it with others.

Do whatever you can to let people know about your page: from posters in your school, to using Facebook and Instagram, be prepared to share your page far and wide.

Write to local businesses

You’d be amazed how charitable businesses can be when it comes to helping out young people in their community – from football clubs to factories, coffee shops to office blocks. Many businesses are obliged to get involved with helping their local community. Be confident.

Organise an event

From car washing to car boot sales, more and more young people are making money out of hard work, imagination and dedication to fund-raising events.

The sooner you get started, the easier it will be.

Send a Press Release

Approaching the media is a great way to create awareness, support and curiosity around your cause.

Just a few short lines in your local newspaper or on your local radio station can go a long way.

Apply to charitable groups

There is a reliable guide to educational funding in Britain that your school or, club or association may be able to purchase. The Guide to Educational Grants by Gabriele Zagnojute and Denise Lillya in association with National Union of Students, ISBN 978 1 906294 96 0 is available from dsc.org.uk.

Other organisations that may be able to help you:

United Kingdom

  • Al-Mizan Charitable Trust
    Al-Mizan Charitable Trust delivers a fair and accountable system of grant-giving, based on individual need and circumstances.
  • The Community Foundation Wales 
    The Community Foundation is a charity, working alongside people who are motivated by wanting to make a difference in Wales.
  • The Highland Children’s Trust
    The trust was set up to help with the educational needs of young people in the Highlands of Scotland.
  • Ladies Circle
    Ladies Circle has a proud history of community and charity involvement, and this critical support work continues today.
  • Lions Clubs
    Lions are ordinary people who do extraordinary things to help others and support good causes. We have 17,000 active members belonging to 900 local clubs throughout the British Isles and Ireland.
  • Nottingham Education Trust
    The Nottingham Education Trust exists to support young people, under the age of 21 and resident in the City of Nottingham.
  • Prince’s Trust
    Development Awards help tackle financial barriers that may be preventing you from accessing education, training or employment.
  • The Wilson Foundation
    The Wilson Foundation is a UK registered charity established to ‘give a helping hand’ to young people in Northamptonshire.
  • The UK Community Foundation
    A national network dedicated to working locally and inspiring people to give.


  • Asian Philanthropy Advisory Network
    Works to increase the quality and quantity of philanthropy in Asia by strengthening the institutional infrastructure and improving the
    operating environment for the philanthropy sector.
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy
    Serves as a print and online news source for foundation leaders, fund
    raisers, grant makers and others involved in philanthropic enterprises.
  • Community Foundations of Canada
    Offers development, training and partnership opportunities to a growing
    network of community foundations in Canada.
  • The Connect U.S. Fund
    A donors’ collaborative with a grant-making fund managed by the Tides
  • Council on Foundations
    Works to create an environment in which grant-making foundations and
    corporations can grow and thrive, and provides members with products and
    services needed to achieve goals.
  • East Africa Association of Grantmakers
    Promotes grant making in Eastern Africa by pooling local resources,
    strengthening relationships with foreign funders and enabling its member
    organizations to share their experiences.
  • European Foundation Centre
    Promotes collaboration among foundations and other partners to advance
    the public good in Europe and beyond.
  • Exponent Philanthropy
    This is the USA’s largest association of funders—nearly 2,000 members strong—and the only one dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors.
  • Foundation Center
    Strengthens the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S.
  • Independent Sector
    Provides a leadership forum for charities, foundations and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in the United States and around the world.
  • National Center for Family Philanthropy
    Promotes philanthropic values, vision and excellence across generations of donors and donor families.
  • Network for Good
    Provides training and tools—such as selecting social networks, using RSS, and creating blogs about critical issues—for raising funds effectively online.
  • Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support
    A global network that creates opportunities to learn from other grant makers, develops modes of communication and collaboration, and helps strengthen philanthropy worldwide.