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The Princes Trust Development Award

Summary: Our 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.

About The Princes Trust Development Award

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), or
  • 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 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

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
  • 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

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