Our grants to individuals
Are you a Lambeth resident from a low income household wanting to improve your future prospects? If so, you could be able to get a grant of up to £1,500 for non-childcare costs and up to £4,000 for childcare costs.
You will have to provide detailed financial information and may be referred to a budgeting adviser or careers adviser (we provide these services and they are free).
We make grants to individuals in three main areas: helping students with costs; assisting with moving into work; developing exceptional talent.
Our Grants Programme for Students or Moving Into Employment will temporarily close on Friday 16th December until 1st March 2017. We won’t be accepting any new applications during this time. If you wish to apply for a grant under this programme you can do from 1st March 2017 – please check our website at this time for latest guidance and eligibility criteria.
Please note that our Sports/Arts Booster Grants programme is still open.
Our grant can help with the costs of a first degree or a first vocational (work related) qualification that has a strong likelihood of leading to work.
(If you already have a first degree and/or a vocational qualification (at NVQ-4 or equivalent), you do not meet our criteria for a grant. We are sorry we cannot help).
We cannot consider applications for study in school year 13 or earlier.
Our grants can cover costs such as course fees; travel costs; books; special clothing; equipment; study/field trips and childcare.
Moving into employment
If you’ve been out of work for much of the last five years and haven’t gained a degree or NVQ-4 (or equivalent) vocational qualification in the last ten years, we may be able make a grant to help you move into employment. Grants can be made for costs associated with -
Sports/Arts Booster Grants
If you are a young person (aged between 8-18 years) from a low income Lambeth household who is enthusiastic and committed to sports, arts, music, dance, drama or other areas of interest, we can offer grants up to £1,000 to support your progress.
These Sports/Arts Booster Grants can be used to help towards lessons / tuition fees, equipment, kit, summer schools. These need to be linked to activities that happen outside of school hours.
How to apply
The first thing to do is to read the Grant Guidance before applying. If you are not eligible, the Turn2Us website can provide information about other grant makers.
For students or people moving into employment, please complete our Online Application Form.
For Sports/Arts Booster Grants, please complete this Application Form.
Questions? Call a member of the Grants Team 020 7735 1925 (0900-1700 Monday to Friday) or email
Once we get all the supporting documents we ask you for, a decision will be made usually within six weeks. If you are requesting help with childcare, you will be asked to meet with the Walcot Adviser at Centre 70 advice centre to review your financial situation to check that the childcare costs are manageable over duration of the course. This service is free and confidential.
If we can make a grant you will be asked to send the receipts of your expenses via our Grant Receipt Monitoring Form. This is part of our grant agreement with you.
Not just a grant!
As well as grants, we offer other services to help you grow your skills and get work. Find out more
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