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Skinners’ Charity Foundation

Young People’s Vocational Development

Individuals Programme

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

We offer grants of up to £2,000 for people aged 16 to 26, to take courses (up to level 4) 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.

As we detail below, we DO NOT fund university level study - including undergraduate degrees (level 6).


Funding Criteria

We can consider you for funding if you are:

  • Aged 16 - 26 (on the date your course starts)
  • Living or studying in London or Kent
  • A British citizen, or have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK
  • Taking an accredited, vocational training course up to level 4. What qualification levels mean.
  • From a low income household as follows*


Total Annual Income (after tax)

Single person household  £20,400
Couple with no children  £30,800
Single parent with one child  £25,100
Single parent with two or more children  £33,900
Couple with one child  £31,000
Couple with two or more children  £42,900

*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
  • Alternative medicine
  • 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 criteria page in detail – as well as our FAQs here.

If you are confident you meet our eligibility criteria, you can access our application form here.

Please note that we can only accept applications made through our online application form.


Contact Us

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

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