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Get funding to train and learn

Our Development Awards can cover the cost of course fees, tools or equipment to help you achieve your goals.

Our awards can be used to buy tools for a new job

You have to be

  • Aged 16 to 30 and living in the UK
  • Studying less than 14 hours a week or not in compulsory education
  • Unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week
  • Development Awards can support:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Accredited course fees up to Level 3 (A-level equivalent)
  • Tools, equipment or uniforms for a job or qualification
  • Job licence fees
  • Transport to a new job until your first pay slip
  • Development Awards can't support:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Living expenses e.g. rent or bills
  • Business start-up costs
  • Costs for items that have already been paid for
  • Gap year or overseas projects​​​​​​​
  • Level 4 course fees and beyond (i.e. Higher National Certificate​​​​​​ or Diploma)

Next steps

  1. Tell us a bit about who you are, your education or employment plan and how a grant would support your goal. Get in touch now
  2. A friendly volunteer will complete the application form with you
  3. If you have any questions along the way, talk to us

It can take up to eight weeks for us to process this information.

Once approved, you’ll be awarded a typical amount of £175-£250 (depending on your needs, location and funding availability) which is paid directly to an organisation or we’ll send you a voucher.

Other funding options

For information on other funding opportunities, check out Turn2us.

Starting a business?

If you’re interested in starting a business, take a look at our Enterprise programme, which provides training, mentoring and funding support to help you become your own boss.