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Lawrence Atwell’s Charity

Individuals Programme

Grants are available for young people living in England and Wales from low-income backgrounds, to help them gain vocational, accredited qualifications.

We offer grants of up to £1,500 for people aged 16 to 26, to take courses (up to level 3) that will help them move into employment. Funding can be given for course fees, equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare and living costs. There are no application deadlines, so you can apply at any time.

Funding Criteria

We can consider you for funding if you are:

  • Aged 16 – 26 (on the date your course starts)
  • Living and studying in England and Wales
  • A British citizen, or have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK
  • Taking an accredited, vocational training course up to level 3. What qualification levels mean.
  • From a low income household as follows*


Total Annual Income (after tax)

Single person household  £16,650
Couple with no children  £24,850
Single parent with one child  £21,000
Single parent with two or more children  £28,300
Couple with one child  £26,150
Couple with two or more children  £35,750
*informed by Joseph Rowntree Foundation research into the Minimum Income Standard. Excludes childcare costs and the higher cost of living in London.  


In addition to our criteria, we will consider certain priorities when the fund is experiencing high demand:

  • Fewer existing qualifications
  • Little or no past working experience
  • Lower income households

We Don’t Fund

  • Any course that is not vocational or accredited
  • Secondary education (including studying for GCSEs or A Levels – unless returning to education as an adult)
  • University or postgraduate degrees
  • Individuals who already have a university or postgraduate degree
  • A course at a private dance, drama or music college
  • Courses for self-employed health & beauty, animal care, and personal fitness
  • Overseas courses
  • Not a British citizen, or do not have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK
  • Debt, or costs already paid for.

Apply Online

Before you apply, please read through this page in detail. You may also find our FAQs helpful. To apply, please register and complete our online eligibility quiz. Once you have completed the quiz you will be directed to our online application form if you are eligible to apply to us.

Please note that we can only accept requests for assistance through our online application form.

Please click here to log in and return to an existing application.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us:

E: atwell@skinners.org.uk  |  T: 020 7213 0561


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