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Ballantrae Education and Training Fund

Grant size Up to £2,250
South Ayrshire
Key dates  
Application deadline: Applications can be received at any time.
Decision date: We will respond to your grant application approximately between six and eight weeks after submission.

About this fund

This fund provides bursaries to residents of the Ballantrae Community Council area to help them access training and education opportunities that better equip them with the range of skills needed to enter or retain employment. 

The funding is provided from the Ballantrae Community Fund.

Grant Size:

The maximum award is:

  • First time applicants: up to £1,000
  • Second time applicants: up to £750
  • Any further applications: up to £500 per year.

Similarly, if your course runs over several years, any award will be capped at:

  • First year of study or short courses: up to £1,000
  • Second year of study: up to £750
  • Any further year of study: up to £500 per year.

Please note, grant requests for funding of second or further years of study, will require a separate application to be submitted at the end of each study year.  If your first year of study is funded, there is no guarantee that any future funding requests will be successful. 

Purpose of this fund

The Ballantrae Education and Training Fund aims to improve the opportunities and livelihoods of people living in the area. The community council boundary geographically defines this. 

Courses leading to formal or recognised qualifications will be favoured, however other courses will also be considered where the applicant can demonstrate how the skills and knowledge gained will realistically support them in securing a job, retaining a job or in setting up their own business.  Industries which will benefit job retention in the areas of hospitality, construction transport/logistics, motor maintenance, tourism, forestry and timber technologies, rural development, agriculture (including crofting), environmental conservation, health and social care benefiting the local community will be be prioritised. 

However, other courses will also be considered where you can demonstrate how the skills and knowledge gained will realistically support you in securing or retaining a job. Apprentices can also apply, provided this is a cost you cannot claim back from your employer or another agency.  

Courses supported can be on a full time or part-time basis and may be Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships, Foundation Apprenticeships, SVQs, NCs, HNCs, HNDs, short vocational courses as well as other courses. 

Additional criteria

What can I apply for:

Awards can cover costs that are directly related to attending your course or apprenticeship, including:

  • Course fees, where these costs cannot be waived or funded through another means
  • Study aids and equipment e.g laptops, software, stationery - up to £500
  • Technical aids/equipment e.g.specialist clothing relating to the course, tools, other specialist equipment - up to £500
  • Travel e.g.bus, train or petrol
  • Accommodation costs

Study location:

We recognise that the fund area has limited further education opportunities; however, any course undertaken locally will be looked upon more favourably than a course requiring you to leave the area. By local, we would generally mean south and central Scotland. 

Who can apply?

  • The fund is open to individuals aged 18 or over and living in the Community Council area of Ballantrae, however priority will given to people between the age of 18 years and 25 years. 
  • Your application be for the purpose of increasing your employment potential. 
  • Apprentices can apply for costs that cannot be claimed back from their employer or another source.

What can’t be funded?

  • You cannot apply for funding for any costs incurred before a decision has been made on your application (retrospective funding). 
  • We will not fund training or equipment that your employer should provide for you or necessary for you to carry out your current job. 
  • Apprentices can apply for costs that cannot be claimed back from their employer or another source.

If you have any questions concerning your eligibility, please send an e-mail to 

How are decisions made?

Foundation Scotland will review your application and may contact you for further information. You will be advised of a decision approximately six to eight weeks after your application has been submitted. 

Frequently asked questions

  • When should I apply?

    You should apply as soon as you are sure that you are going to take the course and have been accepted onto it. We will normally respond to your application approximately six weeks and eight weeks after submission. Please tell us about any important dates relating to your course, for example, registration or start date, or the date for a decision about any other funding towards it. 

    If you need a response sooner than this, please get in touch with us as soon as you can. We will do our best to turn your application around in good time. 

  • What evidence do I need to provide?

    This will depend on the course you are looking to take. Some may need to be provided to us along with your application (as set out in the application form), some periodically through the term of your award and some upon completion of your course. Examples include: 

    • Your offer letter or confirmation of a place on the course. 
    • A copy of your attendance record or statement by someone from the educational institution confirming you have been attending regularly, and 
    • A copy of your qualification certificate. 

    You may not have these documents at the time of application but will need to provide them when you can. Evidence of expenditure (receipts or invoices) will not be required as a matter of course but may be requested in some circumstances, for example, if you are awarded funding to buy a laptop. Please keep any relevant receipts for up to 12 months. 

  • How likely am I to get this award?

    If the fund is oversubscribed then we may not be able to offer an award to every applicant, or we may not be able to award everyone the full amount requested.  

  • What are my responsibilities?

    If you are offered an award you will need to accept the Terms and Conditions of award on the Foundation Scotland Grantee Portal.  This states that you must spend the award as described in your application form. If your plans change you will need to let us know as soon as possible. It may be possible for you to retain the award, for example, if you intend to switch courses, or if you find another training provider offering a better deal. But you must tell us your circumstances have changed in the first instance.  

    You will also be required to provide some feedback on your experience to demonstrate the impact of the support you received from the fund.  

  • How is the grand award paid?

    We will pay your award to you electronically by bank transfer so, you will need to provide a bank statement that shows your name, address, account number and sort code. In some cases, we can pay your education or training provider directly; if this would suit your circumstances, please let us know. 

How to apply

Please complete an application and upload documentation via the Foundation Scotland Grantee Portal.  If you would like to review the questions you will be asked to answer before starting the form, you can see them here.   If you have any problems accessing the portal, please email or call 0131 524 0300 and we can help.

Contact information

For application process and technical enquiries

Central Systems Support

For criteria and fund priority enquiries

Linda West, Community Fund Adviser

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