The Godparents Anthroposophical Training Fund provides loans for a range of accredited Anthroposophical training courses.
If you are interested in a loan for one of the listed courses please read the notes on this page and then download and fill in the loan application form (there is also a ‘guidance notes’ document to assist you which we suggest you also download and read through).
The Training Fund offers financial assistance to students undertaking the following courses:
- Steiner Waldorf Teacher Training
- Anthroposophical Art Therapy
- Bothmer Movement
- Eurythmy and Eurythmy Therapy
The Trustees will not fund the first year of a course, accommodation and food costs or give retrospective loans. Loans are interest free and are given towards tuition costs only for one academic year. Students requiring financial assistance in subsequent years will need to re-apply annually. The maximum amount of loans given over the duration of a course is £6,000.
Non European Economic Area (EAA) students will be required to hold a visa valid for the duration of the course. A copy of the visa is required to be sent with the loan application. This may change for EEA students following Brexit.
The Trustees will only consider applications from students who have been accepted on their training course and who do not owe the course any money.
Completed application forms, signed by the course leader, should be sent with the administration fee to the GATF Office by the end of February.
Applicants are required to give the names and addresses of two referees who have known the applicant for at least five years. We will contact the referees to verify the applicant’s suitability for a loan. We do not accept references from family members.
Interviews are usually held between March and May, at the course venue. In some cases this may be done by email or Zoom. The Trustees will consider all the applications and students will be notified of the decision by the end of the summer term. Proof of identity will be required at interview, together with a copy for our files.
If successful, students will be required to provide an independent Guarantor who will undertake to repay the loan in full if they are unable to do so. This can be a family member but not a spouse.
Loan repayment term
A GATF loan is a legal agreement is to be repaid within five years of completing or leaving the training.
Students will be required to set up a monthly standing order for a minimum of £45 from the start of the loan.
Funds will be paid directly to the course and will not be released until the loan agreement form, guarantee have been received and, monthly repayments have commenced.
It is a condition of the loan agreement that students keep the Trustees informed of any changes in their circumstances or contact details.
The Trustees reserve the right to vary any of the above or to make exceptions. The decisions of the Trustees are final and personal or telephone appeals will not be considered. Any concerns should be put in writing, addressed to the Trustees.