Our Rising Stars Bursary is aimed at postal families with children (under the age of 18) where the child has a special talent or passion in the arts (art, music, performance, literature), sport or other specialist area. For example, you might need help with the associated costs such as expensive equipment (including clothing and/or instruments), travel or dedicated coaching.
How much is the bursary?
£850 per year
When do I apply?
Rising Star applications for this year close on 12th November 2023. You can sign up for our newsletter to find out when applications open in 2024.
Who can apply?
Royal mail or Post Office employee or pensioner (including a spouse or partner) who is responsible for a child under the age of 18.
Please refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section below for information about how Rising Stars Bursary applications are assessed by the trustees.
Your application will be dealt with in strict confidence. It will only be seen by members of the Postal Family Fund.
Please check the Rising Stars bursary eligibility criteria before you apply.
Create a Postal Family Fund account to access your application form.
Fully complete the application form. We’ll then get in touch and request supporting documents.
Your application will be reviewed by our trustees who will announce their decision by writing to you.
‘All Amelia wants to do is play golf. She would like to eventually go to golf college then obtain her tour card. This award will assist Amelia on a step towards her ultimate goal. Thank you Rising Stars!’
We are delighted to offer our support to Amelia. Good luck!Read Amelia's story
The money that the Postal Family Fund provided went towards Jay’s new Cruiser bike. Maryanne, Jay’s mum, says “without the grant from the Postal Family Fund I would not have been able to have afforded the higher spec bike or all the zoom sessions which have allowed Jay to be in the position he is currently in”.Read Jay's story
In her book, Esther explores the reality of teens trying to navigate their way through a technology dictated world and the impact it has on their mental health. It aims to provide comfort and advice to those who feel unsupported. The Rising Stars bursary allowed Esther to travel and buy tickets to events where she could publicise her inspirational book.Read Esther's story
Ben plays percussion in the first section of the Forest of Dean Brass Band. He received a grade 9 in GCSE Music, was awarded the Old Cryptionian bursary, won the highly respected Stagecraft award, and competed with the Filton Brass Band in the Welsh Open. With help from Postal Family Fund, Ben was able to attend the prestigious Bolsover International Brass Band School.Read Ben's story
Ranked 7th in Great Britain for girl singles players of her age, Heidi Crncan said, “I am very grateful for the funding the Postal Family Fund has given me over the past few years. This money has really helped me in my tennis career so far. It has provided me with the opportunity to play a sport, which is played by others in a much more privileged position”Read Heidi's story
Louis Cheung-Turner dreams of representing Great Britain at the Olympics. With the support from Postal Family Fund, Louis mother Mel said, “The Postal Family Fund grant has helped enormously towards covering expenses for training camps, tournament costs, travel and accommodation, which comes with competing in many tournaments nationwide and internationally…”Read Louis's story
Bursaries cannot be awarded retrospectively nor can the Trustees accept applications for courses which have already taken place.
All payments will be made to the Applicant.
Child must be accepted for a course or equivalent in the subject areas of art, music, performance, literature and sport.
Evidence of potential and/or competence will have to be provided either by a schoolteacher and/or someone who holds a recognised coaching qualification issued by the relevant regulatory body. Trustees can make an award for a contribution towards the cost of specialist equipment, or clothing subject to documentary evidence being provided.
The institution or academy running the course must be one that is recognised by the Trustees as being of appropriate quality and standing in its field.
The Trustees will require evidence of attendance and achievement.
The Postal Family Fund bursary scheme excludes those who have training contracts with a professional or semi-professional club or another organisation.
If in doubt as to the eligibility of the course, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Formerly known as The Post Office Orphans Benevolent Institution (POOBI), the Postal Family Fund is a charitable organisation that helps Royal Mail Group & Post Office Ltd families with children who are experiencing difficulties and are in need of a little extra support.
The charity was established in 1870 by staff from the General Post Office (a forerunner of Royal Mail Group& Post Office Ltd) to help the families of their colleagues who faced hardship as a result of death or chronic illness or disability.Find out more
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