Funding Advice

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If you want to go on a course or attend a taster day/experience and you’re worrying about the price tag then we may be able to help. Lots of different types of funding are available for studying resources; like uniform, materials, equipment and study based trips/visits or even travel costs – the  £££’s can soon add up.

Usually funding is means tested (basically it depends on your families earnings) but don’t be put off by this; it can be very straight forward.

What types of funding are there?

  • A bursary or grant, which you don’t have to pay back
  • A loan, which you do have to pay back
  • Other financial help towards fees or day-to-day living costs

Who can help with funding?

Training providers

  • Your school or college will have details of the different types of funding you may qualify for such as childcare, materials, equipment or a bursary.

Apply for grants from:

The Adams Youth Trust

Grants for advancement and education  are available for young people aged 10-23 years old in the  West Country. If you are looking for support in school, college or university simply write a letter with your requests to:

  • The Adams Youth Trust, Greendale Court, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1AW

For further information call: 01395 233433 (no website or email)


Batten Memorial Fund 

Who can apply?

Further and Higher Education students who are in need, live in the counties of Somerset and Dorset and are studying, planning to study agriculture (broadest possible terms).

Typical Grants:

The grants range from £200 to £600 towards books, equipment/instruments.

How to apply:

Applications should be requested from the correspondent below between July and September. They are considered in October

Contact Details:

Simon Clothier, c/o Symons & Sampson, 2 Court Ash, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1HG- Tel: 01935 23526

Royal Bath & West of England Society

The Grants & Scholarships committee of The Royal Bath & West of England Society is an Agricultural Charity with a remit to award grants and scholarships for the promotion of agriculture and rural crafts.
What we do

  • Over the years money has been available to assist with funding several students through veterinary school. We have also contributed towards agricultural courses, livestock photography, an overseas study tour, woodland management and forestry courses, a rural art project and a rural leadership course to name just some examples of the varied requests that we have received and which have been successful.  Wherever possible we ask our grantees to come and tell us about their projects or courses and to help steward at the various shows.
  • The Grants Committee meets bi annually (spring and autumn) to consider applications
  • Contact name:
    Mary Holmes
    Position:  Administrator
    Tel:  01749 822243
    Fax:  01749 823169

Bishops Fox Educational Foundation

  • A Charitable Foundation with the aim of promoting the education of young people between the ages of 11 and 24
  • Must live or go to school in the Taunton Deane area
  • Further information & apply online here
  • Please provide as much detail as possible on the application

Dairy Crest and National Farmers Union Scholarship Fund

  • Available to students of all ages who are undertaking further education courses relating to the dairy industry.
  • Sons and daughters of farmers or farm employees living in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset are eligible to apply for the fund.
  • Application forms can be obtained from Adela Booth by email
  • Applications must be made annually by 12 August and eligible applicants will be interviewed by a representative from the fund.
  • Contact Adela Booth for more details 01363 776623

Illchester Relief in Need & Educational Charity

  • One off grants available to students who live in the Parish of Illchester
  • Applications can be submitted directly by the individual or through a third party such as their school or an educational welfare agency.
  • Applications available to download here

Send to Wendy Scrivener, Milton House, Podimore, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8JF or talk to her on 01935 840070

Princes Trust

Development Awards – cash grants of up to £500* to help young people get into education, training or employment . (*Award averages vary locally according to funding (please contact regional offices for more information.)

  • Apply online here or speak to someone about all Prince’s Trust programmes and any general enquiries by calling 0800 842842

Prowdes Educational Foundation

  • Boys and young men between the ages of 9 and 25 who live in Somerset
  • One-off grants for boys in further or higher education, including postgraduates, for fees, uniforms, other school clothing, books, equipment, instruments, fees and study or travel abroad.
  • The average grant to an individual is £450.
  • Applications can be submitted directly by the individual, parents or occasionally social workers, and should include a birth certificate and evidence of acceptance for a course.
  • They should be submitted in May/June for consideration in July.

Contact Mr Richard Lytle on 023 92 799142 to request an application form.

A B Lucas Memorial Awards –

  • If you  live in the administrative counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset, and those parts of Avon that were previously part of Somerset, and are undertaking the study of dairy agriculture.
  • You could receive a one-off grant.
  • You must be under 30, who wish to study dairy agriculture overseas. However, the trust is not limited to this.

How to apply::

In writing to to: J A Lindley, Nowers Farm, Wellington, Somerset TA21 9NN.

 Travel support 

Moped Scheme

Somerset’s Rural Youth Project innovative Moped Loan Scheme supplies young people with an economical moped at reasonable cost.


If you go to college in Somerset students can apply to Somerset County Council for transport support, a County Ticket student bus pass. Applications forms are available from:

  • Transporting Somerset, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4DY. Tel No: 0845 3459155

College Bike Loan Scheme 

If you live between 1 and 5 miles away, cycling might be a good option for getting to college / sixth form. It’s quick and cheap and very flexible because you are not tied to particular times to get a lift or catch a bus.

Somerset County Council are currently offering low-cost bicycles to students for the coming academic year. You can borrow a brand new 2013 Saracen Tufftrax mountain bike (worth £290) for just £49 for the year. At the same time, you pay a deposit of £89 and at the end of the year you decide if you want to return the bike and get your £89 back, or keep the bike (in which case the council keep your £89)

You can find more information on

National Rail Cards

Check out the 16-25 rail card – with constant offers there could be some savings available…every penny counts.


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Agriculture: Is the science and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock.

Agribusiness: is a generic term applied to businesses involved in some or all of the following agricultural production systems: crop production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution,processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Agronomist: is a person who engages in the scientific study of plants and plant materials as fuel, feed and food. Do you love studying plants and want to know more about the impact it has on agriculture? If so, you may want to consider agronomy as a career choice.

Apprenticeship:   is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go…

Artificial Insemination: is the introduction of male reproductive cells into the female reproductive tract by artificial means,commonly abbreviated AI.

CV: a curriculum vitae (CV)  is a written document that provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. It is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters.

Farm assurance: are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection, animal welfare issues and other characteristics deemed to be important by consumers.   

Further Education: Education above school age but below university level.

Herds-person : refers to someone who works with the daily maintenance, health and breeding of dairy and beef cattle.

Higher Education: education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

Horticulture :  is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Husbandry:  is the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Land-based: is the term used for a vocational agricultural based courses.

Quota-milk: Every country in the EU has a limit to the amount of milk that is allowed to be produced- this is its quota. The total quota is divided up between all the dairy farmers in the country- individual quota is the number of litres of milk they are allowed to produce each year- there are penalties for producing too much.

Ruminant: An animal that ‘ chews the cud’, they digest more of a plant than single stomached animals by having a rumen ( the first of 4 stomach chambers) where the plant material they have eaten are fermented by micro organisms to produce proteins and sugars the animal can digest.

Silage: Grass or other crops that have been cut, allowed to wilt but not completely dry out and are preserved in plastic wrapping or in a large clamp or pit. Silage is fed to livestock in the winter when fresh grass is not available

Traineeship:  is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Vocational Education: is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position.

Zero grazing: Fields of grass are grown but the animals are not allowed to graze them. Instead grass is cut regularly and taken to the animals.