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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.

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, asylum seeker or refugee, or have you lived in the UK for 3 years
  • 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  £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:

  • 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
  • Asylum Seekers who are 'Appeal Rights Exhausted'


Apply Online

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.

Contact Us

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

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



What does the application process involve?

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.

How long does the application process take?

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.

How do you make decisions?

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.

Do you have a deadline?

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.