FfW celebrates International Women’s Day 2021 by announcing new grant programme

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 our Trustees are delighted to announce that we will be partnering with Grimsby Institute, a further and higher education centre in north east Lincolnshire, to offer up to 20 grants of £500 each to women students in need of financial support to complete their studies.

Futures for Women was established in 1859 by suffragist Jessie Boucherett, whose family lived in North Willingham, Lincolnshire.  Her grandfather, Ayscoghe  Boucherett, was MP for Grimsby between 1796 and 1803 and oversaw the opening of the town’s first dock.  Jessie Boucherett made it her life’s work to improve the employability of women and established the Society for Promoting of the Employment of Women to encourage women with training for careers suited to their capabilities, rather than the respectable and underpaid choices of employment  that were expected of them.   

The grants of £500 each announced today are available to female students of 19 years and over who are studying or will be studying a further education course at Grimsby Institute which will lead them to paid employment.  The grants may be used towards course fees or associated hardship costs.  Applications for a grant are being administered by Grimsby Institute’s Bursary Department.

Futures for Women’s Chair, Rosie Parr said “We look forward to supporting women studying at Grimsby Institute in the home county of our charity’s founder, and we hope that at such a difficult time for so many, our grants will assist them to find new career directions and to achieve their work aspirations.’

Susan Wells, Schools Liaison and Admissions Manager at Grimsby Institute said “We are delighted that Futures for Women have offered this support in memory of Jessie Boucherett, to local learners hoping to gain skills and qualifications to progress in their careers,.”

Women who are either currently studying  at Grimsby Institute, or who will be starting a course in September 2021, and who are interested in applying for a grant should email the Bursary department on bursary@grimsby.ac.uk or telephone  01472 311222 for an application form.  The closing date for applications is 31 May 2021.

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