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Education Stream

Apply for help with gaining new skills and knowledge to serve your community

The Education stream gives grants for education and training to help Muslims who can demonstrate a high level of commitment to community service, to help them to better serve Islam and Muslims in the UK.

What can I get help with?

You can apply to the Education stream for help with:

1. Vocational training courses – up to one year. This includes but is not limited to courses in:


a. Alimmiyah and Shariah studies
b. Language
c. Leadership programmes
d. Media engagement
e. Interfaith engagement
f. Community and Youth development
g. Media Engagement
h. Social work
i. Journalism
j. Radio, TV and Film
k. Public speaking
l. Project management
m. Teaching
n. Technology

2. Academic courses – university-based courses starting in September or January. This includes:

a. Masters programmes
b. PG Certificates and Diplomas
c. Research degrees and PhDs

Undergraduate degrees are not funded through this stream

3. Learning resources – books and equipment related to your chosen course
This stream does not provide grants for subsistence, accommodation or travel.

You can find out about other help NZF may be able to give you through other streams here https://nzf.org.uk/Apply

Can I apply?

To apply, you must be a Muslim living in the UK and be entitled to receive Zakat. To be able to receive Zakat, you must have less than the Nisab when you apply https://nzf.org.uk/Knowledge/Calculation_Rules/Nisab. To confirm that you can get help, we will look at how much money you have, your monthly income and expenses.

If you are seeking asylum, on a student visa, work permit or have no status in the UK, then you are not able to apply to this stream.

Through your application, you will need to demonstrate that you are actively working to serve your community and that you have identified education or training that will increase your effectiveness in serving Islam and Muslims in the UK. The stream is open to applications from all subject areas.

The course you would like to do must start within 6 months of your application.

How much help can I get?

The amount of help we can give you depends on your financial circumstances and the course you would like to do.

The maximum we can give you is £8,000 for vocational courses and £10,000 per academic year for academic courses. This includes the cost of any learning resources you may need.

Grants are available for up to one year of vocational training and two years of academic education. If your course lasts longer than this, you will need to demonstrate how you will fund the remainder of your course. If you are doing a full-time course, you will be asked to demonstrate how you will pay for your living costs.

How long will the process take?

The application form takes around 60 minutes to complete.

Applications for vocational courses which last up to one year are processed on a rolling basis and are accepted throughout the year. We will aim to give you a decision on your application within 1 month.

Applications for academic courses which are university-based and start in September or January are accepted throughout the year but are processed after two deadlines as follows:

  • For courses starting in September 2020 - Sunday 21st June
  • For courses starting in January 2021 – Sunday 11th October

We will aim to give you a decision on your application within 6 weeks.

If you do not give us all of the information and documents we need to look at your application, your application will be delayed and you will have up to 14 days to give us anything you have missed.

What happens once I have applied?

Once you have sent us your application, the Education team will make sure that you have given us all the information and documents we need to look at your application and that you are eligible to apply for help. If there is anything you have missed, you will be asked to send it to us within 14 days.

We will then look at how much money you have, your monthly income and expenses to confirm that we can help you.

We will also look at the skills and experience you have told us about in your CV, your track record in community service, your communication skills and your motivation for doing the course to help us decide whether we can give you a grant.

The Education stream also looks at references and carries out checks (including social media) to assess any potential risk of harm to the Muslim community.

For vocational courses, if we can give you a grant, we will email you to confirm this and arrange payment. If we cannot give you a grant, we will email you to let you know.

For academic courses, your application will go through a shortlisting and interview process. If successful, we will email you to confirm this and arrange payment. If we cannot give you a grant, we will email you to let you know.

How many times can I apply?

We can give you one grant from the Education stream every 2 years.

What information and documents do I need to provide?

To apply for help, you will need to give us the following documents:

Photo ID

You can give us a copy of a passport, driving licence or other document given to you by the authorities.

Bank statements

We will need 3 full months of bank statements for all your bank accounts. For example, if you send us your application on 2nd January, you will need to give us bank statements for October, November and December.

CV

An up to date CV which includes your work and education history, as well as any other information relevant to the course you would like help with.

Certificate of highest qualification

If you have any qualifications, we will need a copy of the certificate for the highest qualification you have.

References

We will need references from two people.

Audio/Video submission

As part of your application, you will need to send us an audio or video submission lasting no more than 3 minutes on the following:

‘Tell us about a project you've been involved in and what you have learned from the experience’

How will the grant be given?

For courses, your grant will be paid directly to your course provider or university. Before we can do this, you will need to give us an invoice from the provider to make the payment.

For learning resources, we will give you the money to buy the items yourself or pay the vendor directly. You will need to send us a receipt to show you have bought your items if you have bought them yourself.

What kind of people and courses have you funded in the past?

NZF has provided grants to people in the following example scenarios:

a. A sister volunteering for an intercommunity outreach project wants to develop her media engagement skills to help her to deal with media requests and increase the exposure of the project. She applies to NZF for a grant to do a ‘Skills for Media Engagement’ course at her local university.

b. A sister who is studying the foundational Islamic sciences wants to study at a more advanced level so she can develop a tarbiyah project for young Muslims. She applies to NZF for a grant to study for an Alimmiyah course at an Islamic college.

c. An Imam would like to improve his ability to deliver effective sermons. He applies to NZF for a grant to do a ‘Public Speaking’ course at his local college.

d. A sister who works for a Muslim umbrella body which represents Muslims in her town would like to learn how to engage the local community to promote her work. She applies to NZF for a grant to do a short course in ‘Broad-based community organising’.

How can I get more information?

For more information on applying for help from the Education stream, please email us on applications@nzf.org.uk

Where else can I get help?

Aziz Foundation

The Aziz Foundation is an independent grant-making body dedicated to supporting the most disadvantaged communities in Britain.

Learn more http://azizfoundation.org.uk/

Grants Search

Many charities offer non-repayable education grants to help individuals or families on a low income. You can Use the Turn2Us Grants search tool to see which organisations.

Search now https://grants-search.turn2us.org.uk/

University Learning Grants

Students in higher education can apply for money directly from their university or college on top of any other student finance - you don’t have to pay this money back. Contact your university or college to find out if you’re eligible for extra money.

Learn more https://www.gov.uk/extra-money-pay-university/university-and-college-hardship-funds

What if I am not happy with your service?

If you are not happy about any part of our service, please email us on feedback@nzf.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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