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The Portal Trust – Your journey starts here

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We believe every person should have a fair opportunity to fulfil their potential. The journey starts here. How far you go is up to you.

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Funding for organisations

We fund, support and contribute to organisations that deliver impactful educational opportunities for young people in London.

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Funding for individuals

We provide grants to individuals directly in the form of bursaries and scholarships. Our funding enables young people in London to experience life-enhancing educational opportunities.

Find out about our eligibility criteria and how to apply.

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Case studies

Sarah’s Story: London Music Fund

Since 2013, The Portal Trust has helped to support the London Music Fund by sponsoring twelve four-year music Scholarships for children whose families are struggling to pay for music lessons.

Sarah Akunjee, an 11-year-old saxophonist from Wandsworth, received one of these Scholarships in 2018. We caught up with Sarah to find out how her Scholarship has been going, the difference it has made to her and what her ambitions are for the future.

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Oxford Gardens Primary School: GRT Learning Mentor

Over the past year, The Portal Trust has helped to support the GRT (Gypsy, Roma and Traveller) Learning Mentor role at Oxford Gardens Primary School in North Kensington.

Terry King has carried out the role since 2018 and has built a strong relationship with the children, parents and school over the years. We met with Terry to discuss his role and the difference it has made for the children.

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Scarabeus Aerial Theatre: Flying Into Physics

In 2021, The Portal Trust awarded £30,000 over three years to Scarabeus Aerial Theatre for their ‘Flying Into Physics’ programme – an exciting science project helping disadvantaged 9-10 year olds learn about physics through aerial theatre.

We visited a session at a primary school in North London to see students flying through the air and learning about gravity, air resistance and friction.

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Future Frontiers: Career Coaching

Since 2019, The Portal Trust has helped support Future Frontiers to deliver career coaching programmes to over 300 disadvantaged young people from inner London boroughs.

We attended a coaching session in-person and spoke to one of the students, Simi, about her experience on the programme.

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Megan’s Story: The Hand Engravers Association

The Portal Trust helps the Hand Engravers Association to support apprenticeships in the heritage craft skill of hand engraving. Megan is the current apprentice receiving funding from the Trust and has been training since 2019.

We caught up with Megan to find out how she got into hand engraving, how her apprenticeship has been going so far and what her ambitions are for the future.

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