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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 last month 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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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 last month 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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Robyn's story

In 2013 we awarded a bursary to Robyn towards her Masters degree in Evidence Based Social Intervention at the University of Oxford. We caught up with Robyn to find out what she was up to now and to hear about the impact our funding had.

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Rich Mix

Rich Mix is a multi-disciplinary arts centre in Tower Hamlets. It was established to address the needs of marginalised communities in the local area.

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