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.
We can consider you for funding if you are:
Total Annual Income (after tax)
|Single person household||£15,500|
|Couple with no children||£23,100|
|Single parent with one child||£20,500|
|Single parent with two or more children||£27,800|
|Couple with one child||£25,200|
|Couple with two or more children||£34,600|
|*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:
Before you apply, please read through this page in detail – including our FAQs below. 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.
If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us:
E: firstname.lastname@example.org | T: 020 7213 0561
The application form will ask a range of questions about yourself and the course you wish to take. We will also ask for two references; a personal reference (i.e. a social worker, counsellor or family friend) and a tutor or professional reference.
We also ask for evidence of your full household income. We require that you send us relevant pay-slips and benefit letters to detail this.
We recommend that applicants apply at least eight weeks before they begin a course to ensure they receive a response before it starts. However, the length of time before a decision also depends on the amount of support requested, how quickly your referees respond to our reference requests and whether you have provided all the information (including supporting documents) when submitting your application form.
Please note that if you apply very close to your course start date we cannot guarantee a decision before it starts.
Once all necessary information has been received, our team will make a recommendation to our committee. They consider applications at the end of each calendar month; once they have reached a decision we will inform you within 3-5 working days of the meeting.
No. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. With limited funds available, applicants are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible before their course starts.