Generous donations have allowed us to create a Bursary Fund for those who would not otherwise be able to attend a Venture. Subject to certain conditions and available funds, applications can be made for up to one third of the holiday cost.
Ventures run a bursary fund so as to try and ensure that no member is prevented from going on a holiday due to lack of funding. However, the fund is limited and therefore there are guidelines that need to be met in order to ensure that grants are awarded to those who are in most need of a bursary.
Bursary Fund Guidelines:
- It needs to be confirmed that the bursary money would enable a young person to go on a Venture who otherwise would not be able to go.
- The Bursary Fund exists to support those households where income is particularly low. Often this will mean that parents or guardians will be receiving welfare benefits such as income support. If this does not apply in your case, you should judge whether your application fits with the ethos of the Fund.
- The Bursary Fund can also work to support families where three or more children are going on a Venture in the same year and the family's finances cannot afford the fees for all of them.
- The Bursary Fund is just one of a number of funding options; others include the young people's home churches and Trust Funds. We expect any grant from the Ventures Bursary Fund to be matched by awards from other sources.
How much can be requested?
Up to one third of the Venture price can be requested (except for the Ski Venture where the award is one third of the average price of a houseparty Venture).
How can a bursary be applied for?
A Bursary Fund Application Form must be filled in by the person applying for the grant on behalf of the beneficiary. The applicant needs to be either a church group leader or a Venture leader. You can download the form here.
Details of both the applicant and the beneficiary must be entered onto the form.
The completed from must then be returned to the Bookings Contact for the Venture on which the young person is attending, who will in due course confirm whether or not the application has been successful.