Education grants

Education grants

We provide grants for former mineworkers and their dependent children for the purposes of supporting them within higher education. This includes any full-time courses in higher education such as degree courses, and Higher National Diplomas.

Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants include those who were employed in the coal mining industry of Great Britain where they have completed the required length of service and dependant children of such former employees, where they are financially dependant on parents. Eligibility is based on need, with grants only being offered to those families where there is demonstrable low income. Students who are dependant children must be over 17 years old, and under 25 years old at the start of the academic year for which the grant is required.

How can I apply?

All applications must be made using a CISWO Education Grant application form. Please contact the email address below for a form and application guidance.

When can I apply?

Applications can be submitted between 1 March and 1 December for courses starting in September of that year (in other words, up to six months prior to any course start and three months after). No applications will be considered after 1 December.

What information do I need to submit to complete my application?

You will need to complete the application form in full and also provide a copy of your student finance award and evidence of enrolment.

To apply, please email

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