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Hadyard Hill Education and Training Fund (Pinwherry and Pinmore)

Grant size Up to £3,000
South Ayrshire
Key dates  
Application deadline: Applications can be received at any time.

About this fund

This fund provides bursaries to residents of Pinwherry and Pinmore 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.  

Monies are provided from Hadyard Hill Community Fund (Pinwherry and Pinmore)

Purpose of this fund

The purpose of the Hadyard Hill Education and Training Fund (Pinwherry and Pinmore) is to improve the opportunities and livelihoods of people living in Pinwherry and Pinmore, geographically defined by the community council boundary. 

Courses leading to formal or recognised qualifications will be favoured, 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 it is for 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 and many others. 

Additional criteria

Grant size:

The maximum award is:

  • First-time applicants can apply for up to £1,500
  • Second-time applications can apply for up to £1,000
  • Any further applications can apply for up to £500 per year

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

  • First-year of study: up to £1,500
  • Second-year of study: up to £1,000
  • Any further years: up to £500 per year

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 £700)
  • Technical aids/equipment e.g. specialist clothing relating to the course, tools, other specialist equipment
  • Travel e.g. bus, train or petrol
  • Accommodation costs
  • Driving lessons and driving theory test (up to £1,000)

 You must provide information on the full costs that you need to meet in relation to the course. For example, if you are a first-time applicant taking a week-long course that costs £400, you will only be able to apply for £400 plus related travel & subsistence. And if you receive funding from elsewhere, for example, £100 towards the course fees, you will only be able to apply for £300. 

Study location: 

We recognise that the fund area has limited further education opportunities however any course being undertaken locally will be looked upon more favourably than a course that requires 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 16 or over and living in the Pinwherry and Pinmore Community Council area. 

What can’t be funded?

You cannot apply for funding for any costs incurred before a decision can be made on your application (retrospective funding). 

We will not fund training or equipment that your employer should be providing for you or that is necessary for you to carry out your current job. 

Apprentices cannot apply for any cost that can be claimed back from their employer or another source.  

If you have any questions with regard to 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. It's then passed to the Hadyard Hill Community Fund (Pinwherry and Pinmore) Panel for a decision. The outcome will be sent to you by email.   

How to apply

Applications can be submitted using the link below.

If you would like to review the questions you will be asked to answer before starting the form, you can see them here

The fund operates on a rolling basis until further notice, which means that you can apply as soon as you are sure you are going to do the course.   

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 between six and eight weeks after your application has been submitted.  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 the published decision date, 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're looking to take. Some evidence 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
    • A copy of your qualification certificate

    You may not have these documents at the time of application but you 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're 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 sign and return a grant acceptance form. 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 experiences to demonstrate the impact of the support you received from the fund.  

  • How is the grant 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. 

Contact information

For application process and technical enquiries

Central Systems Support

Contact name

Linda West, Community Fund Adviser

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