Thrive Not Just Survive Grant
Cancer puts your life on hold. For the third year running we're offering our Thrive Not Just Survive grant, with our partner Societe Generale, to help young cancer patients get their education and career ambitions back on track.
The grant of up to £3,000 is designed for 14 – 24 year olds, and can cover anything from extra tuition, course fees, tools for an apprenticeship to materials for a course such as video equipment. Have a clear ambition for the next step in your education or career? Consider applying!
Read about what previous applicants have done with their grant...
How to apply
You can apply using the webform below (attaching your application and all required forms). All applications are now open!
Applications for the gold grant (£3,000) will close on Monday 7 September 2020 (9am), while applications for the silver or bronze grant (£1,000 or £500) will close on Wednesday 30 September 2020 (9am).
All applicants will find out the outcome of their application by Friday 30 October.
This grant has been made possible thanks to our partnership with Societe Generale, one of the leading European financial services groups.
If you want to apply, you need to meet the following criteria:
- Diagnosed with cancer or bone marrow failure before your 25th birthday
- Eligible for free NHS cancer treatment within the UK
- Currently aged between 14 and not yet had your 25th birthday; or
- If aged 25, you’re within one year of coming off active treatment
- If you applied and weren’t successful for the Bronze, Silver or Gold TNJS grant in 2018 or 2019, you can reapply this year but double check the criteria to make sure your application is as strong as it can be.
- If you received the Bronze TNJS grant in 2018 or 2019, you can reapply this year, but double check the criteria to make sure your application is as strong as it can be.
- If you received the Silver or Gold TNJS grant in 2018 or 2019, you won’t be eligible to apply this year.
All applications must support you with an education or work/career ambition. This could include training, equipment, clothing, experiences. Check out the following examples (but these don’t cover everything!):
- Support with course fees, online or delivered in person, including vocational courses that prepare for work in a specific industry
- Extra tuition
- School trip or excursion e.g. as an exchange student
- Setting up a business or community scheme: you could use the grant towards areas of the new business you need support with like marketing, resources and equipment, office space storage etc
- Tools for an apprenticeship
- Language lessons
- Coaching certificate
- Course books/materials/resources
- Specific laptop and/or software for a particular course (general applications for a laptop/PC have a restriction of £500 that can be claimed)
As the grant has to support you achieving an education or career goal in the future, it cannot be used for the following purposes:
- Something you have already paid for
- General undergraduate fees, as there is the possibility of applying for a student loan to cover these
- Driving lessons – unless needed to achieve a specific employment goal
- Rent or other living expenses
There are three levels of grant:
- Bronze: £500
- Silver: £1,000
- Gold: £3,000
(*In exceptional circumstances, if you need more that £3,000 to achieve your education/employment goal, and can provide evidence of this, your application may be considered for a higher amount.)
The cost breakdown document (available in the required forms section below) that you need to submit must provide details of how you plan to spend the full amount of money. If your application doesn’t quite meet the full amount, we still encourage you to apply.
There’s no standard application form you have to complete (yay!). You do have to answer the following key questions though:
- What is your goal or ambition?
- How will the grant help you to achieve this goal/ambition?
- How has your illness affected you in trying to achieve your goal/ambition?
- Before applying for this grant, what had you already done to try to achieve your goal/ambition?
How you apply is completely up to you – you could create a video, write a letter, write a business case etc. You can also attach supporting evidence e.g. examples of your work. Just make sure you’ve answered the four questions.
For written applications please keep it to 2 A4 pages or for videos maximum of 4 minutes long (files under 15MB). Don’t feel you have to hit this as a target - your application is based on quality, not quantity!
When submitting the application through the form below, you will be asked:
- Personal contact details (name, date of birth, email, mobile number)
- Details of whether you’ve received support from CLIC Sargent in the past, including the names of social care staff who worked with you
You will need to attach as part of the form:
- Your application
- Consent form (you can download this from the required forms section below)
Cost breakdown form (you can download this from the required forms section below)
- Medical verification if you’ve not already received support from CLIC Sargent
- Your parent/carer’s details if under the age of 16 in Scotland, and under 18 in the rest of the UK.