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.

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 and Yorkshire three peak hiking challenges.

Eddie Byers fundraiser pub quiz - Thursday 23 May 2019

This year, we will be hosting a pub quiz in the evening after the English UK Annual ConferenceCome and put your knowledge to the test, socialise and help change lives!

Entry is a minimum donation of £5 per person, which includes snacks and your first drink. There are just 60 places available and every penny raised will be added to the Eddie Byers Fund.

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)