Applications for funding normally come from educational establishments with a hospitality department, hospitality related associations, charitable trusts, or individuals. Please click on the relevant category for further information.

educational / associations / charitable trusts

Grants to educational establishments

Educational establishments with a hospitality department can apply to the Trust for funding for a particular project. The Trust aims to enrich the quality of hospitality training and education provided by Schools, Further Education & Higher Education establishments. The Trustees do not normally award grants for rebuilding projects per se but look to help educational establishments renovate and enhance existing and new areas. This in turn should enable educational establishments to provide students with a professional vocational facility in order to:-

  • Meet the growing demands for vocational education on the school curriculum.
  • Provide students with a relevant, realistic and modern working environment so that students have a positive experience and smooth transition to the workplace.

The Trustees also welcome applications from Further Education & Higher Education establishments seeking to reward excellence and alleviate hardship by offering scholarship and bursary schemes to students of hospitality. 

Recent grants to educational establishments have included:-

  • Bournemouth University to help support extra curricular activities that add value to the student learning experience
  • Brooksby Melton College to help purchase equipment for use in the new Rural Catering Centre where students develop their skills in hospitality and catering
  • Burton and South Derbyshire College to help purchase furniture for the 40 seater Bistro with a coffee lounge and dining reception area
  • Chelmsford College to help purchase specific equipment so that staff and students can keep up-to-date with local employer standards.  The items included: sous-vide water bath, an Excalibur dehydrator and 2 vacuum packing machines
  • City College Norwich to help purchase equipment, furniture and crockery for the Debut Café so that it is in line with modern industry practices
  • City College Plymouth to continue the Junior Chefs Academy
  • Coleg Ceredigion to help purchase a state of the art cooking island that has built in induction hobs, a wok, preparation areas and refrigerated units
  • East Kent College to help purchase equipment to enable the College to provide industry standard facilities within the recently opened training hotel 'The Yarrow'.  The hotel is the first of its kind in the UK within a Further Education setting
  • Hagley Catholic High School to help with refurbishment of the food specialist room.  The school now hope to introduce the new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition 
  • Northbrook College to help purchase modern equipment in order to complete the refurbishment of the main production kitchen; develop the training restaurant into a contemporary training establishment and also to purchase an EPOS system
  • Reaseheath College to enable the College to purchase specific equipment for their new Level 4 Patisserie and Bakery course, namely a Seimi continuous chocolate tempering machine
  • Riverside College to help provide student bursaries for uniform and equipment
  • South Devon College to continue the Junior Chefs Academy
  • The Edge Foundation's Wivenhoe House Hotel to provide a scholarship scheme for the student practitioners
  • The Winston Churchill School to help purchase equipment in order to provide a training kitchen and barista café for students
  • University College Birmingham to help them deliver Young Chef, Young Waiter and Young Bakery Academy programmes
  • University of West London to refurbish the training kitchen as part of a major redevelopment programme
  • William Hulme Grammar School to help with the purchase of equipment for a second kitchen the school are creating.  This new facility will provide the students with a professional working environment

Grants to associations

Associations involved with the hospitality industry can apply to the Trust for funding for a particular educational project. 

The Trustees are especially keen to help initiatives that avoid duplication with other projects and encourage associations, where feasible, to work in partnership. 

Recent grants awarded to associations have included:-

  • Hospitality Professionals Association (HOSPA) to help update the existing programme and e-book of the HOSPA Revenue Management Programme so that they reflect the latest trends
  • Local Authority Caterers Association to continue the programme of training for Middle Managers in the Public Sector.  The funding was to allow 10 students to complete their Level 4 IoH Diploma.  This programme is run in conjunction with TUCO, Kendal College and the IoH

Grants to charitable trusts for specific hospitality related, educational projects

  • Action Community Foundation to enable the Foundation to purchase catering equipment so that the students can access vocational training/qualifications in hospitality and catering
  • Army Catering Training Trust to help fund learners (soldiers within the Chef trade of the Royal Logistics Corp) on a 3 year distance learning BA (Hons) degree in Hospitality and Enterprise Management
  • Crisis to help support the 'Skylight Community Café training programme in Oxford
  • Hospitality Action for their seminar programme to students of hospitality on the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse
  • Prisoners Education Trust to enable 12 prisoners to benefit from PET's Access to Learning programme.  It will support them specifically to undertake hospitality distance learning courses over the next 12 months
  • REAL Foundation Trust to enable the school to develop a kitchen facility within the central hub of the new REAL Alternative Provision School
  • Royal Academy of Culinary Arts for the Chefs Adopt a School initiative
  • The Geoffrey Harrison Foundation to help continue their Junior Chefs Academy programme

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Individuals can apply to the Trust, via your college, for a small grant of usually not more than £500 to assist you if you are undertaking a hospitality related degree course or a craft course and require a sum of money to help with fees or to purchase items required for the course such as books, uniform and practical equipment. 
If you think you are eligible please refer to the How to Apply section and speak to your lecturer or student services department.
  We do not offer funding to students undertaking a non hospitality related course.

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This scheme is funded in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Innholders. The purpose of the Scholarships is to introduce middle management in the hospitality industry to senior/general management techniques by exposure to short intensive courses of management education, thereby providing experience, skills and training not readily available in the workplace.

As most large companies have structured management development programmes, the majority of candidates will come from the independent sector where the absence of formal training programmes and economic pressures on time make it difficult for them to receive a formal training by conventional routes. 

Candidates will be active middle managers in the hospitality industry likely to be promoted to senior/general management within 3-5 years. It is expected that most candidates will have had a formal education and will hold a degree in hotel management (or similar), however, managers who have attained their positions through a company scheme would not be excluded if they could demonstrate aptitude and attitude for promotion.  Candidates will have had at least four years experience in management and therefore the likely age range is 27-35. 

Winners of the Scholarships can undertake a two-week course at Cranfield University or Cornell University. Alternatively some scholarship winners may be offered the opportunity to attend a number of modules at the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne.

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competitions & prizes

The Trustees recognise the importance of rewarding those who demonstrate good practice and aspire to further their development by entering various industry competitions.

The Trustees understand that skills competitions can promote excellence in vocational skills. They are willing to support some of the leading competitions in the industry as they view it as an opportunity to raise public understanding of the importance of skills and celebrate outstanding achievements. They believe that competitions provide an exciting arena to continually raise the standards of excellence and professionalism.

Competitions also demonstrate the wealth of talent that exists in the industry and help to promote hospitality as a promising career to counteract the ever present skills shortage. 
The Trustees have recently provided educational scholarships for the following:
  • Academy of Food and Wine Service 'UK Restaurant Manager' 
  • Institute of Hospitality - 'Passion for Hospitality'
  • Nestle Professional - Nestle Toque D'Or 
  • Royal Academy of Culinary Arts - 'Annual Awards of Excellence'
  • The Craft Guild of Chefs - Graduate Awards
  • The Springboard Charity - Futurechef programme and competition
The Trustees also seek to help institutions recognise excellence and have recently awarded prizes to:-
  • Catering Training Squadron 'Culinary Competitions'.
If you would like further details or are interested in entering one of the above named competitions please contact the relevant competition organiser directly.

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