The Eddie Byers Fund

The Eddie Byers Fund has been created in memory of our late chief executive to reach individuals for whom English language study will be transformative, changing their lives and their community for the better.

In its first two 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 three peak challenge in 2016.

Now we are taking on the Yorkshire three peak challenge to raise a further £15,000 to support even more life-changing projects over the coming years. Please help us reach our goal!

Apply for funding

The second round of applications to the Eddie Byers Fund is now closed and is due to reopen in spring 2019. Find full details and terms and conditions in our information for applicants.

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.

  • Apply to the Eddie Byers Fund (the 2018 round is now closed)