The Theresa McKie Trust is a charitable trust
specifically endowed to fund opportunities
for the students of Shaftesbury School.
Theresa McKie was a Special Needs Teaching Assistant at Shaftesbury School for over a decade. Theresa died in 2017 after a 3 year struggle with cancer. She loved her work at the school, the colleagues she worked with and especially the many students she helped on a daily basis. She wanted her legacy to continue her work in some way and this Trust reflects her own interest in the Creative Arts and her desire to help others achieve their dreams in the world of Art, Fashion and Film.
We fund 50% (max. £250) of the cost of equipment, materials or specialist training courses in the areas of ceramics, drawing, painting and sculpture only. We do not fund university/college tuition fees or living expenses for art diplomas/degrees.
We fund 50% (max. £250) of the cost of equipment, materials or specialist training courses in the areas of dress-making, millinery and shoemaking only. We do not fund university/college tuition fees or living expenses for fashion diplomas/degrees.
We fund 50% (max. £250) of the cost of equipment, materials or specialist training courses in the areas of screenwriting, cinematography, sound and editing only. We do not fund university/college tuition fees or living expenses for film-making diplomas/degrees.
Only current students of Shaftesbury School in Dorset.
Normally funding applications would be initiated by parents or staff on behalf of their children or students.
The Trust funds up applications up to a maximum of £2500 in any one calendar year.
Once the funding ceiling is reached for a given year no more funding applications will be accepted.
We fund 50% of the cost of equipment, materials or specialist training courses or up to a maximum of £250 per application.
We only match fund - so the funding must not exceed 50% of the actual money you spent.
Funding is competitive. Not all applications will be approved.
Funding is paid when you upload a bona-fide invoice/receipt for what you have paid out.
A condition of funding is that you also provide specific funding feedback after the student has used the equipment/materials or attended the course.
We pay funding by cheque to the payee and address you provide.
Funding feedback is simply a way to feedback more about what the funding was used for.
The minumum requirement is to upload a photo and some description of what the funding was used for to highlight 'what got done' so that we can publicise this on the site.
You can apply for funding all year round but there is a maximum fund of £2500 grant funding available in any given calendar year. So apply early in the year for a better chance.
Apply for funding by clicking the blue Apply for Funding button (top right on menu bar).
You will be sent email alerts to progress your application and to track status changes in your funding application.
Because the TMT has no employees and does not request donations from the public, it is not necessary for us to register with or report to the charity commission. We are simply an endowed trust with a responsibility to disburse our funds in line with the trust's objectives.
The TMT trustees are Theresa's husband Stewart (a former pupil at Shaftesbury Grammar School) and her father in-law. Our responsibility is to manage the trust funds in line with Theresa's wishes for the benefit of the students. The trustees are unpaid.
The trustees will report, via this site, the funding statistics of the TMT. The funding statistics reported will include the total to-date funding paid out by category and the % funding paid out in the current year, so it is is clear that the TMT is meeting its funding objectives.