The Foundation of St Matthias is a trust, formed following the closure and sale of the College of St Matthias in 1979.  The College was a Church of England College of Education but following a decline in the birth-rate and a reduction in the number of teachers required for training, the then Secretary of State for Education and Science requested that the college be closed.  The assets were sold and the income invested to form a trust fund.

The Foundation’s primary objective is the advancement of education in the Dioceses of Bath & Wells, Bristol and Gloucester, with a preference for higher and further education; such education contributing to the advancement of the Church of England.


Personal and Corporate applications are now CLOSED.  Please note that from January 2024 there will only be ONE opportunity to apply for funding in a year.  The application process will reopen on 8th January, close on 31st May and the Trustees will consider all forms in July.  Successful candidates will be paid their grant by the end of September 2024 as long as they provide everything required by the various deadlines.  The Trust is in the process of relaunching its website so please check back for further updates and to access forms.   

The Scholarship Application Process for the 2024/25 academic year is OPEN.  Please contact the Clerk for latest forms and details stmatthiastrust@bristoldiocese.org.  The deadline for applications is 5th February 2024

Please check the ”Scholarships” section for more information.

Please note that studies such as law, medicine, nursing, engineering and veterinary would not usually be considered.