Support for Education

As well as support for students, the Weavers’ Company offers practical support for the colleges themselves via our Support for Education Awards. These help the weaving departments in our Core Group of colleges to replace equipment or purchase additional items, and can also assist with work-experience placements, the purchase of yarns, and projects linked to industry that help students prepare for employment.

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Supported institutions

The Company is proud to be working with the following institutions in the Academic Year 2021/22.


Additional Guidelines for Institutions

Applicants are reminded that whilst the Company recognises the importance and significance of all sectors of the textile industry, it is especially interested in providing support for woven textiles and assistance for those who intend to work for the benefit of the UK woven textile industry.

In making Support for Education Awards, the Company seeks to help Weaving Departments to upgrade equipment or to purchase new equipment to enable students to gain experience of modern technology as a first step towards a career in woven textiles.

Awards are primarily intended for capital projects, but may also be considered for yarns, work experience placements and proposals that add value to teaching, such as sessions led by external specialists as well as projects that link teaching to the world of work and help students prepare for entry into the industry.

Applications for projects that duplicate work carried out elsewhere and those which would be more appropriately funded or undertaken by manufacturers, are unlikely to succeed.

  • Applications are invited on a competitive basis.
  • Funds will be allocated at the Company’s discretion and may be granted as a single award or split between two or more applicants.
  • Preference will be given to applications where matched funding will be made available by the university / college.
  • Quotations must be included with the application and should include VAT, if applicable.

The Company’s decisions will be published in December and are final.

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