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Lawrence Atwell's Charity

Lawrence Atwell's Charity aims to help young people from low-income backgrounds to gain vocational and accredited qualifications.

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 meet certain criteria (please see website);
  • must be British citizens or refugees with indefinite leave to remain; and
  • only students undertaking accredited or vocational training (a course that prepares a person for employment) will be considered for funding.

Please note: the following applications are given priority:

  • Fewer existing qualifications
  • Little or no past working experience
  • Lower income households

How do I apply?

All applications must be done online. There are FAQs to help with any questions.

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?

  • Any course that is not vocational or accredited
  • Secondary education (including studying for GCSEs or A Levels - unless returning to education as an adult)
  • University or postgraduate degrees
  • Individuals who already have a university or postgraduate degree
  • A course at a private dance, drama or music college
  • Courses for self-employed health & beauty, animal care, and personal fitness
  • Overseas courses
  • Not a British citizen, or do not have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK
  • Debt, or costs already paid for.

Who to contact


Where to go

The Skinners Company
Skinners Hall, 8
Dowgate Hill
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Last updated: 13 Feb 2023