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Grants and Bursaries

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The RWF aims to support adult education courses and projects as outlined in our Aims.

Please contact for further details, specifying your interest/s.

To download a grant application form click here



Reading Retreat Scheme

gladstones libraryIf you are interested in reading/writing/research, then you may well want to benefit from our Reading Retreat Scheme.

Two residential centres with superb accommodation and facilities are at the heart of this scheme, Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden ( has a quite outstanding library, professionally administered, containing a collection of national distinction. Wortley Hall, Sheffield (, has a more modest collection within its Sylvia Pankhurst Library and its on-line catalogue is still in early stages of development.

Anyone wishing to get away for some quality time to read/write/research at these centres can apply for a grant. more

Proposals approved by Trustees for 2014 include:

May RW residential on 'War - and Peace'

Research Student, Swansea University, for help with binding his thesis on 'Flow' in RW's book 'TV, Technology and Cultural Form'.

RMT Doncaster RWF weekend on 'Dylan Thomas'

Major refurbishment and cataloguing project, Sylvia Pankhurst Library, Wortley Hall.

Grant for research student to attend University of Kassel

Conference on Politics and Globalisation.

Shallowford House (former WMC) Literature weekends support for one weekend for two volunteers who have organised the series.

Reading Retreat at Woodbrooke Quaker Centre.

Proposals approved by Trustees for 2013 include:

a) May RW residential at Wortley Hall on Democracy and the Future of Political Parties
b) November weekend at Wortley Hal on Scandinavian Politics and Culture

Grants for:
Research student working on RW at Swansea University archive

Reading Retreat for individual single mum, Luther King House

Literature student (unemployed) to attend Shallowford House weekend

Derby Fiftykay project - Political Economy discussion group in pub..

University of Salford Day Conference 'Culture.. and working class movements'

Proposals approved by Trustees for 2012 include:

Day School on Literature

Writing Group for disadvantaged adult

Assisted research student to participate at Berlin Conference

WEA Politics weekly course subsidized

Reading Retreats - individuals at Luther King House, Knuston Hall; Hawkwood, Gladstone Library,
Small group at LKHouse.

Subsidy for residential seminar on Communications at the Adelphi Hotel Liverpoool 23-25 Nov 2012

Subsidy for Wortley Hall residential seminar on The Long and the Quick Revolution, 9-11 May 2012

Proposals approved by Trustees for 2011 include:

Subsidy for Wortley Hall seminar on The Media, 12-13 October

Annual RW weekend at Barlaston in May on The Spirit Level - during which a ‘bucket’ collection for the RUWON, Nepal project raised over £400

Residential Library – Reading Retreat project

Women’s education in Andrapradesh, India

Community Centres for Women and Youth, Congo, Africa

Oral History project – Britain at Work 1945-1995 - West London

WEA Politics course in North Staffs, autumn term

RWS - People of the Black Mountains Conf. Abergavenny

SEA Conference at WMC on Key Educational Issues for 2011 - Surveying the Landscape. Sat 26 Feb;

Subsidy for individual member to attend Literature tutorial at Barlaston; Issues in Politics WEA course.

Teaching in NepalRural Women's Network for Education in Nepal;

Individual students for an annual Keele Summer School.

Projects supported in 2010 include:

January: Esperanto Drondo (Discussion Circle) week-end, subsidized from the
Learning Revolution - Transformation Fund. (TF)

Funding to assist a scholar/researcher to visit and work at the Raymond Williams Archive,
Swansea University

February: A major residential project at the WMC, Barlaston (TF assisted) bringing together
ODDc, PiPs, WEA, U3A, Sci-bar, cafe philosophique, Drondo, Lit & Phil, Book Group
and other informal adult learners to share experience and move forward.

May: Support for the annual Raymond Williams Week-end on Towards 2020.

Summer and Autumn: Financial support for these week-ends at WMC:
Thomas Paine
The Arnold Bennett Society residential on WB Yeats.
* Grant to Borderland Voices to help creative writing groups in a deprived area of Leek, Staffs.
* Grant to assist WEA student on organised trip to Liverpool Slavery Museum
* Further support for WEA Issues in Politics weekly course in Hanley

Funding for projects during 2009 included: 

Farm2Grow (taster day, launching activities and courses involving socially and educationally disadvantaged)

Annual WEA Raymond Williams W/end on Key Words at Barlaston

BRASS (helping asylum seekers and refugees in Bolton)

Art theory and practice WEA residential at WMC, Barlaston

Cuba Day in Berwick-upon-Tweed – lecture and discussion sessions

Esperanto Drondo (discussion circle on big themes) w/end at Barlaston

NORSACA (Afro-Caribbean Association) Day at Barlaston

Cambridge Womens' Resource Centre, for educational courses

Oldham Refugees educational support.