St. David’s Uniting Church Fund

Many asylum seekers and refugees face considerable barriers to accessing education and employment. The donations that we have received since 2006 from Saint David’s Uniting Church in Pontypridd have been instrumental in supporting many individuals whose needs could not otherwise have been met from our other projects.

The Church’s donations have filled an important gap in provision and have enabled DPIA to be able to support vulnerable individuals along a route to re-training.  

 Through the financial help offered by Saint David’s Uniting Church, DPIA has to date been able to support over 100 individuals to be able to continue their education and training.

Some examples of the support offered include the following:     

  Ms FB Social Psychology Course, Cardiff CFLL £102.00
  Ms MK Computers and Internet Introduction Course (Cardiff CC) £21.00
  Mr SA English for Academic Purpose, Coleg Gwent, Newport £146.25
  Ms. EY Reg Fee  for FT Access to Nursing Course Coleg Gwent £10.00
  Ms. NM Registration Fee for Adult Foundation L2 at CAVC £15.00
  Ms. SO Registration Fee for IT Course at Gower College £26.40
  Mr. NH Financial support towards Student Bus Pass £100.00
  Mr. BB Reg Fee for IT Skills at Dynevor Centre of Swansea Council £22.00
  Ms. DG UCAS Application Fee for UG Degree Course £23.00
  Ms. NA Course Fee: Gower College, Pre Access Course (Nursing) £90.00
  Mr. OK Course fee for Basic Welsh Course in Newport £17.60
  Mr. QM Travel grant to attend DPIA’s RfW training sessions £28.90
  Ms. QQ Travel grant to attend DPIA’s RfW training sessions £28.90


Whilst this fund is financed by the very kind donations of Saint David’s Uniting Church Fund, we invite you to make a donation too so that we can continue to support the education and training of refugees and asylum seekers in Wales. You can donate here.


  • You must be displaced – that is, an asylum seeker or refugee
  • You have no other recourse to funding for the particular item that you require
  • The maximum funding allowed per person per year is £100. The year runs 1st January – 31st December
  • There are no exceptions to the above (this is in order that all applicants have a fair chance at accessing funds)
  • Funding is to cover education or wellbeing-related costs*
  • You must be able to show us a copy of any receipts/invoices/course-related correspondence in order to prove your need


Once we’ve received your application, we will aim to send you a response within a week. However, sometimes delays can happen so please do call if we have not been able to answer you within this time. 

Please note that the maximum funding was decreased in 2018 in order that more applicants can have a chance to benefit from this scheme. We realise that for some applicants, this won’t be enough so we’ve researched a compiled a list of resources that may be of help: 

Refugee Study – funding for refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants

SW Trust – a grant-giving organisation which helps refugees and asylum seekers

UCAS – information about funding for HE courses for asylum seekers and refugees

STAR Network – information about subsidies from universities, as well as other kinds of funding

Article 26 – grants and subsidies for asylum seekers seeking higher education

Student Finance Wales – grants for Further Education courses (and another link about eligibility)

Thomas Wall Trust – grants for individuals with no other recourse to funding

Talisman Charitable Trust – another grant-giving organisation



Information from the Welsh Refugee Council’s website:

“Some people with leave to enter or remain in the UK are excluded from accessing ‘public funds’ because their leave is subject to the no recourse to public funds (NRPF) rules. Public funds are welfare benefits and housing-related services that are listed under Paragraph 6 of the Immigration Rules.[5] It is important to note that education services are not ‘public funds’ and therefore the no recourse to public funds (NRPF) policy does not affect access to any education services. However, other restrictions may apply to people accessing further or higher education, depending on their immigration status, because this may affect whether the education or training provider can receive government funding in respect of that person.”