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.
Projects 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 [cancelled]
In line with UK Government advice against mass public gatherings, Action Challenge have made the decision to cancel the Isle of Wight Challenge this May. They are working to find a suitable date later in the year for these events and we will keep you updated on any changes.
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Apply for funding
The 2019 round of applications to the Eddie Byers Fund has closed. The fund will reopen for applications in autumn 2020 (delayed from spring 2020 due to the coronavirus/ Covid-19 outbreak).
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.