Donor: Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United Kingdom
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 31.03.2022

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Disability
  • Education
  • Social Inclusion

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) Objective

The Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust was founded from an investment by the late Mrs Margaret Dobson. It was intended as an attempt by her to help young people and others with learning difficulties and other special needs to fulfill their potential, both in educational and practical skills. The Trust seeks to achieve this by making grants to other charities which are providing services with similar aims.  Decisions are made by the Trustees after consideration of written applications. The Trustees have a set of guidelines to assist charities who are seeking grants. The Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust makes grants to support people with a learning disability after they reach normal school leaving age, to learn skills to help them live more independent lives. They fund: (1) projects that benefit young adults with a learning disability to give them skills to live more independent and fulfilled lives; (2) salaries; (3) equipment; (4) printing and marketing where part of a specific project; and (5) running costs where it can be shown that the charity may close if not supported at this time.

With limited resources at their disposal, the Trustees will prioritise applications from projects which meet at least two of the following criteria: (1) designed for, and aimed, at people with learning disabilities aged 16 to 25; (2) offer the opportunity for people to gain transferable life skills, which may include how to access support; (3) offer employment experience; (4) build in accredited training; (5) enable social interaction with other people and allow self-expression and confidence-building; and (6) applications from smaller organisations which are demonstrating an entrepreneurial approach to a locally identified issue.

2) Eligibility

Non-profit organisations are eligible to apply.

3) Location

Applications are accepted from UK registered charities and other charities that share the same objective worldwide.

4) Budget

No standard funding amount is set. The grants are usually given in a range up to £5,000 and their annual grant volume is below £100,000.

5) Application

The Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust only accept applications electronically. The application should consist of the following: completed cover sheet, two page application, copy of the latest accounts and a business plan if the organisation is new. The deadline for applications is 31 March. Following receipt of the application, it will be reviewed and a decision will be made as to whether it meets the criteria.

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