Cash awards for 16-30 year-olds, help get back into work, education, training

The Princes Trust offer Development Awards (cash awards) for 16 to 30-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 16 to 30
  • No longer in compulsory education if aged 16 to 17.
  • Unemployed if aged 18 to 30, working less than 16 hours per week or in education for less than 14 hours per 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
  • 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

Development Awards can’t be used to fund:

  • Living expenses e.g. rent or bills
  • Costs for things that have already been paid for
  • Gap year or overseas projects
  • Community projects
  • Medical treatment
  • 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 career 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


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here