Development Awards: Cash grants from The Prince's Trust


Development Awards help tackle financial barriers that may be preventing you from accessing education, training or employment.

If you're looking for funding to start your own business, please visit our Enterprise programme pages.



You  may be eligible for a grant if you are a UK resident, and you are:

  • Aged 14-17 still in compulsory education and do not have/are not expecting to achieve five GCSEs  grades A-C (or equivalent)
  • Aged 17-25 and unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week, or in education fewer than 14 hours a week

Examples of what can be funded include:

  • tools or equipment for a job or qualification e.g. hairdressing kit, carpentry tools, chef's whites
  • course fees
  • interview clothes
  • license fees e.g. CSCS card (construction) or SIA license (security)
  • childcare costs to help single parents access short term education
  • transport to a new job until first pay cheque

The following cannot be funded:

  • costs over £500
  • everyday living expenses such as rent or bills
  • retrospective grants
  • gap year or overseas projects
  • medical treatment
  • costs associated with NVQ Level 4, HNC, HND, degree or post-grad courses or courses of an equivalent level
  • Business Start Ups (If you're interested in starting your own business, please see our Enterprise programme)

How does it work?

Applications will be assessed based on availability of local funding, which varies across the country.

If you are eligible for a Development Award and funding is available in your local area you will be invited to an Assessment meeting before submitting your application for final decision. The whole process can take up to six weeks, so applications should be made well in advance, if possible.


What do I need to do next?

Get in touch with The Prince's Trust and try to answer these questions:

  • What do you need the funding for?
  • How much money do you need?
  • Have you looked into other possible sources of funding?
  • Will the funding help you into education, training or work?


Submit your details:

  • Fill out the online enquiry form
  • Speak to someone about all Prince’s Trust programmes and any general enquiries by calling 0800 842842
  • Find out about funding availability in your local area 
  • Alternatively, text “Call Me” to 07983 385418


Key facts:

  • Over 5000 young people received a Development Award last year
  • 83% of Award recipients are in sustained employment, education or training (measured three months post Award)
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