Help with gaining new skills and knowledge to serve your community
The Education Fund 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.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer you a grant from the Education Fund if:
you are applying for an undergraduate degree (except for Islamic studies subjects)
you are in the UK as an overseas student
you are on a student visa
you are an asylum seeker
your course of study has started
your fees have already been paid
you are seeking funding for a project
The Education Fund will prioritise applicants from the following groups of individuals:
Students and recent graduates of Islamic studies programmes from universities, seminaries and Islamic educational institutions.
Islamic studies teachers teaching at state or independent faith schools, madrasahs and maktabs
Serving Imams and scholars who are leading in mosques and community projects
The deadline for applications for postgraduate courses (Masters/PhDs) starting in September 2022 or January 2023 is midnight on Sunday 10th July 2022.
To apply for a grant, please start by booking a pre-application consultation with one of our Grants Officers.
1. Vocational training courses – up to one year. This includes but is not limited to courses in:
Alimmiyah and Shariah studies Languages Leadership programmes Media engagement Interfaith engagement Community and Youth development Social work Journalism Radio, TV and Film Public speaking Project management Teaching Technology
2. Postgraduate 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
Grants for undergraduate degrees are only available for Islamic studies subjects.
3. Learning resources – books and equipment related to your chosen course
To apply, you must be a Muslim based in the UK and be able to demonstrate that you are unable to afford the costs of the course you are applying for. 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 will not be able to apply to this fund.
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. You may apply for courses in any subject area.
You may apply for a grant to do a course abroad in Islamic studies subjects only.
To apply for help from National Zakat Foundation you must have your own email address, mobile phone number and a device able to connect to the internet.
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 £10,000 per year. This includes the cost of any learning resources you may need.
Grants are available for up to one year for vocational training and three years for postgraduate academic education. If your course lasts longer than this, you will need to demonstrate how you will fund the remainder of your course. You will be asked to demonstrate how you will pay for your living costs for the duration of your course.
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.
We will look at references and carry out checks (including social media) to assess any potential risk of harm to the Muslim community. You will be asked to share your social media profiles with us in your application.
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 you are 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.
To apply, 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. A reference must be from a professional, either employer, tutor or community leader.
The referee must comment on the your character, quality of previous work/study, personal strengths, weaknesses, ability to work in groups, potential academic suitability and interest.
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’
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.
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’.
Although we may not be able to help everyone who applies to us, we are committed to providing a high-quality service to all our applicants. If something goes wrong, we need you to tell us about it. We will use the information you give us to help improve our service.
We will reply to your email to confirm that we have received it within 5 working days.
We will look into your complaint. A Senior Grants Officer will review any evidence available and speak to members of staff if appropriate.
We will aim to reply to your complaint within 10 working days. If this is not possible, we will send you an update.
If you are not happy with our response to your complaint, you can ask for this to be reviewed by the Head of Service Delivery. The Head of Service Delivery will then review your complaint and respond to you directly.