Diamond Education Grant

Charity No 1139668

What is the Diamond Education Grant?

This grant awarding body was set up by our Federation (SIGBI) in 1975. Its purpose is to provide grants to assist women to update their skills after employment breaks or to acquire new skills to improve their opportunities for employment and promotion. Awards are made to help towards the cost of course fees or books/equipment, not for living expenses.

The grants that are awarded included courses as diverse as helicopter engineering, teacher training, an MA in play therapy, a BSc in midwifery, a conversion course for  an overseas qualified pharmacist and a diploma in sign language interpreting (click here to view some case studies).

How to apply

To be eligible for a grant you do not have to be a Soroptimist (most of our applicants are not) but you must be female and permanently resident within one of the countries of our Federation. To see a full list of countries and clubs within the Federation and to check your eligibility, please go to Our Clubs.

2018 Application Form

Please complete the form below to apply for a grant towards a course taking place in the academic year September 2018 to July 2019:

Grants are given towards course fees and/or books/equipment needed to complete the course.  They are not given for work experience placements, child care or travel expenses.

You will receive an automated acknowledgement of your submission.  No personal correspondence will be entered into.

You will be notified by the end of June 2018 whether or not you have received a grant.  If your application is successful you will be asked to supply two references and a stamped certificate of attendance, after which your grant will be paid to you.  Grants are usually around £500.

How to donate

Around seventeen awards are made each year. With increased funding, many more women could be helped to make that vital career step up. To make a donation, either complete the donation form in the left hand side panel of this webpage or send a cheque, made payable to SIGBI Limited, to SIGBI Ltd, 2nd Floor, Beckwith House, 1 Wellington Road North, Stockport, SK4 1AF with a note to say that it is for the Diamond Education Grant.

And don’t stop there! Next time you review your Will, please consider including a legacy for the Fund, enabling your work as a Soroptimist to live on after you. The  wording should be as follows: “I GIVE the sum of £……….to SIGBI Ltd (address as above) for the benefit of the Diamond Education Grant Registered charity No 1139668.”

Recycling in aid of the Diamond Education Grant

Many Clubs have successfully used the jewellery recycling service to fund raise for past SIGBI Projects and their own Projects, and we now ask you to consider continuing this great method of raising funds in aid of the Diamond Education Grant.  SI Milford Haven is currently doing this in conjunction with “Recycling for Good Causes”.

Please encourage your Members to support this project so that we can continue to transform the lives of women and meet our goal to educate, empower and enable.  Clubs can raise funds by simply collecting recyclable items such as jewellery (made of any material), watches, rings, old bank notes and coins or gadgets such as Sat Navs, Games Consoles and Games, Tablets, Video Cameras, Mobile Phones, iPods and Laptops of any age.

The smaller items can be posted in a padded envelope to FREEPOST Licence RSXA-GJBY-ARRZ, Soroptimist International DEG, Unit 14 Amber Business Village, Tamworth, B77 4RP.  For gadgets please request a sack by contacting Erene Grieve via hq@sigbi.org or 01646 278826, fill it and then request collection from customerservices@recyclingforgoodcauses.org.

Don’t Delay Start Recycling Today!

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