The Princes Trust offer Development Awards (cash awards) for 14 to 25-year-olds to help make getting back into work, education or training even easier.
How it works
Development Awards can help to cover costs such as: course fees, transport or equipment to help you achieve your plan to get into education, training or employment.
Who can apply?
You may be eligible if you are a UK resident and are:
Aged 14-17, and do not have/are not expecting to achieve 5 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
Be aware that there is a criteria of how the money can and can’t be spent. Here are some examples:
Development Awards can be used to help fund:
Tools or equipment for a job or qualification e.g. hairdressing kit, carpentry tools, chef white
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
Development Awards can’t be used to fund:
Costs over £500
Living expenses e.g. rent or bills
Costs for things that have already been paid for
Gap year or overseas projects
Fees for courses higher than Level 3, e.g. NVQ Level 4, HNC, HND, Degree or post-grad courses
Business start ups
If you meet the criteria, all you need to do is get in touch via the link below and tell them a bit about yourself and how the award would be used. If you’re eligible, you’ll be invited to discuss making an application before a final decision is made. The whole process can take up to six weeks, although it may be quicker, but they recommend getting in touch with them sooner rather than later.
Main photo – Zoe is a talented singer and ukulele artist from Scotland. She received a Development Award to help get her music business off the ground and buy equipment she needed to help produce her first single. Set for stardom, she has released her debut album. Photo by Sandy Young sandyyoungphotography.wordpress.com