Young people facing financial barriers to taking the next step into work, education or training can apply for grants of up to £500 through the Princes Trust Development Awards.
The grants can cover some of the costs involved in accessing education, training or moving into employment. The grants are available to UK residents aged between 14 and 17 who do not have/are not expecting to achieve 5 GCSEs grades A-C-(or equivalent), or those aged 17-25 who are unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week, or in education fewer than 14 hours a week are eligible to apply. Awards can be used to pay for items such as:
- Tools or equipment for a job or qualification (e.g. hairdressing kit, carpentry tools, chef whites)
- Course fees
- Interview clothes
- License fees (e.g. CSCS cards, SIA licenses for the construction or security industries)
- Childcare costs to help single parents access short term education
- Or transport to a new job until first pay cheque.
To apply, first contact the Princes Trust to discuss the type of help needed; eligible applicants will then be assigned a volunteer to assist with the application process.