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Prince's Trust - Development Awards

Development Awards are cash grants of up to £500* to help young people get into education, training or employment.

If you're looking for funding to start your own business, please visit our Enterprise programme pages.

How does it work?

Eligible young people are invited to meet face to face with a Prince’s Trust Awards Assessor to discuss their Award and to fill out an application which will then be sent to a Prince’s Trust Awards panel for a decision. The whole process can take up to six weeks, so applications should be made well in advance, if possible.

Examples what can be funded include:

  • tools or equipment for a job or qualification e.g. hairdressing kit, carpentry tools, chef's whites
  • 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

The following cannot be funded:

  • retrospective grants
  • gap year or overseas projects
  • medical treatment
  • course fees that are far above the £500 funding limit
  • costs associated with NVQ Level 4, HNC, HND, degree or post-grad courses or courses of an equivalent level
  • Business Start Ups (If you're interested in starting your own business, please see our Enterprise programme)

Who to contact

0800 842842
Alternatively, text “Call Me” to 07983 385418
Prince's Trust website
Related Organisation
Prince's Trust

Who is it for?

Ages 14 to 25
Eligibility Details

 Can I apply?

You can apply if you are a UK resident, and you are:

  • Aged 14-16 and not expecting to achieve five GCSEs (or equivalent) grades A-C
  • Aged 16-25 and not in education, training or employment

How to use this service

Referral Required?
Referral Details


Get in touch with The Prince's Trust and try to answer these questions:

  • What do you need the funding for?
  • How much money do you need?
  • Have you looked into other possible sources of funding?
  • Will the funding help you into education, training or work?

How accessible is this service?

Further Details

Accessible to those not in training, education or employment.

Last updated date:
08 September 2020

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