Lawrence Atwell's Charity aims to help young people free themselves from poverty and disadvantage by heading into the job they want.
Who can apply?
- people aged between 16 years and 26 years at the date of application, who come from low-income families;
- parents total gross income must be less than £26,000;
- must be British citizens or refugees with indefinite leave to remain; and
- only students undertaking vocational training (a course that prepares a person for employment) will be considered for funding.
Please note: the following applications are given priority:
- lone parents;
- have no or few qualifications after leaving secondary school;
- have limited support from their families;
- have a disability (including mental health issues)
- fled persecution in their home country; and
- ex-offenders at risk of offending.
What can I get?
- Grants are made for books, fees, travel, living costs and childcare. Grants can include those towards the cost of an apprentice's tools as well. In general, need, as well as merit is taken into account when deciding to make grants.
- Grants are usually one-off or recurrent and range from £100 to £1,000.
- Grants can be made for courses lasting more than one year. If the applicant is on a 2 or 3 year course, he/she may be asked to re-apply before the start of each year. If the applicant's costs are very high, he/she will be expected to show how they intend to raise the funds needed.
How do I apply?
You can call or write in for an application form. You can also download and application form the website. Guidelines for applicants, the application form, explanatory notes and a family finance form are also available on the website.
Applications require proof of age and nationality, evidence of parental income and the support of two referees, which will be taken up in writing. Applications are considered every month. The charity recommends that applications should be made as early as possible and to bear in mind that August, September and October are their busiest months. For courses finishing in June/July, the deadline for applications is Easter.
What is not funded?
Funding for GCSE's, A levels, GNVQ's, Level 4 plus courses and Higher Education courses are not funded. International or foreign students who have not lived in the UK for three years prior to the start of their course (this includes people from EU countries).