The Edinburgh College Development Trust offers a range of different grants and scholarships for groups of students.  It offers student scholarships in partnership with businesses, grants that benefit groups of students applied for by a member of staff, and grants for individual students in financial need and for environmental sustainability projects.  


For groups of students

The Development Trust supports projects that benefit a group of students where the project improves their employability skills, develops life skills, or helps promote positive mental well-being.

In the past grants have been given for

  • A group of hairdressing students to attend a competition in Blackpool
  • A group of professional cookery students to hone their specialist skills working alongside patisserie chefs in a Paris kitchen
  • A group of classical music students for a music tour of the Highlands

Applications will be accepted for 'groups of students' grants through a member of Edinburgh College staff only.

What will the Development Trust consider for funding:

  • Up to a maximum of £5k maximum per project
  • 50% of the costs only, except in very exceptional circumstances
  • For groups of students currently studying at Edinburgh College
  • We cannot fund any project that has already started
  • We are unable to fund anything that Edinburgh College should be providing
  • The Development Trust favours one off and pilot projects
  • It looks to fund projects where other sources of funding are not available
The process:

The Hard Times Fund
The Hard Times Fund is a fund to support students in certain types of financial need in these categories only:
  • Single parents – financial support to help ease the transition to college
  • Students coming off housing benefit to come to Edinburgh College - to ease the transition to college
  • Students in financial need who do not qualify for the Discretionary Fund
It can be used for unexpected bills or repairs, shortfall due to loss of earnings, and course materials but not for previous debts.  Students must be full time and have taken out the maximum funding support available from the applicable main funding source.  Students can apply at any time but there is a maximum amount of funds available each year and so the funds may run out at any time. Please note that not all applications will be successful.  

For more information about the terms and conditions and an application form, students should visit the Student Services office on their campus or email Diane Hunter.

This fund is run by the Edinburgh College Development Trust with donations from: the family of Robert McLeod, the first principal of Telford College, one of the colleges that merged to form Edinburgh College (for students in roughly the old Telford College catchment area); by Baillie Gifford & Co; by Artemis Charitable Foundation; by Cala Midlothian (for Midlothian students only); and from an anonymous donor.

Grants for individual students
The Development Trust does give occasional student scholarships.

Other grants and support available

The Edinburgh College Discretionary Fund supports students in financial hardship.   

Green Project Fund
The Development Trust has provided funding to the college’s sustainability team to offer small grants of up to £500 for environmental sustainability projects put forward by students. For more information contact

Edinburgh College Development Trust is a Scottish Charity, No. SC044657.  Company No. SC469307.

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