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HiMATS Bursary - Supporting Personal Development

Our Aim: Highland & Moray Accredited Training Services (HiMATS) Bursary: Supporting Personal Development, aims to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities for personal development to maximise their full potential. 

Our reason: We recognise that means-tested financial support sometimes uses too broad a brush to prioritise funding allocations, and that at times other less obvious financial barriers can make it difficult to take advantage of training opportunities for example, loss of salary when attending training, transport costs, childcare costs etc.

What you can apply for: If you would like to attend or enrol on a HiMATS course and have been unable to access Local Authority, ILA, SAAS funding or financial support from your employer, please complete our Bursary Application form.

We may also fund: HiMATS Bursary Trustees may also consider applications for learning & development opportunities provided by other agencies for example, attending a conference or event that will enhance your learning and development. E.g. A Childcare Modern Apprentice receiving financial support to attend a conference such as Play Scotland, Education Scotland or a Highland Council training event, a Management SVQ candidate receiving financial support to attend a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) conference or event.

To qualify for a HiMATS Bursary:  you must meet at least three of the following criteria:

  • Are a current candidate/learner with HiMATS (either SVQ or on-line course/s)
  • Have previously studied with HiMATS
  • Are working in the Social Services Sector
  • Are working in the voluntary sector
  • Are applying to attend a HiMATS training event or study with HiMATS
  • Reside in Highland or Moray

Your application for a HiMATS Bursary:

  • Complete our Bursary Application form making sure that you are clear about what funding you require
  • Make sure your application comes in as quickly as possible if you are applying for a course that has a starting date
  • Aim to answer every question to help the Bursary Trustees make a quick decision about your funding
  • If in doubt, please phone or email for support

Our time-frame: On receipt of your application form, we will check that you are not eligible for other funding e.g. ILA funding, and will inform you of the outcome of your application within two working weeks.

Payment and reimbursement:

  • If you are claiming for loss of earnings, we require confirmation on Headed Paper from your employer.

If you are applying for childcare costs or transport costs we require receipts along with your completed Claim Form to enable us to reimburse you. This payment will be made as quickly as possible within two working weeks.

You can apply using our online application form, or download an application form in Word format here.

Word applications should be sent to:



Sandra Tucker
First Floor
Fairways Leisure Ltd
Fairways Business Park
Inverness IV2 6AA

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