The Eddie Byers Fund

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The Eddie Byers Fund

The Eddie Byers Fund was created to transform lives through learning. It was created in memory the late chief executive of English UK, who was passionate about the transformative power of education, to help aspiring students study English for better employment, education and community life.

Project we have supported

In its first three years, the Eddie Byers Fund has supported refugees and asylum seekers gain employment, enter education and access essential services and feel a part of their communities in the UK. It has also funded teacher training in Tanzania to help young pupils attend high school, which is taught in English, and English teaching in Palestine.

Eddie believed that education transforms people's lives and wanted English UK to more directly provide learning opportunities to those are disadvantaged. We are proud to create a lasting legacy in his name.

Help us change lives through learning

The fund is entirely created by donations and we have been overwhelmed by your kind words and generosity. We welcome donations at any time but also take on fundraising challenges such as the national and Yorkshire three peak hiking challenges.

The Isle of Wight Challenge
Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 May 2020

Join English UK and adventurous ELT industry friends to walk (or run) the Isle of Wight's spectacular coastal path in just two days in aid of the Eddie Byers Fund.

Registration must be made at least six weeks before the start of the challenge. We encourage you to register as soon as possible to give yourself plenty of time for fundraising and training.

Full challenge: 106km in two days
Half challenge: 54km in one day

Commit to raising a minimum of £299 per person for the Eddie Byers Fund or £199 for the half challenge and pay only half the registration fee of £99 for the full challenge. Camping midway can be included for a small cost.

For full details, please contact


Apply for funding

The 2019 round of applications to the Eddie Byers Fund has closed. The fund will reopen for applications in spring 2020.

Who can apply?

The fund is open to applications from UK registered charities only. The applicant's services must be non-discriminatory and the proposed project must have English language teaching at its core.

How much can we apply for?

Funding worth up to £2,500 per project (at the discretion of the scholarship committee) will be available each year for an initial three years. A maximum of £10,000 will be available for scholarship awards each year for an initial three years.

How are applications assessed?

Applications will be assessed based on the information provided in the application form. We are looking for projects that will have a tangible, positive impact; that address significant need; focus on English language; and engage and benefit the wider community.