Our grants to individuals
Are you a Lambeth resident from a low income household wanting to improve your future prospects? If so, you may 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 need to provide detailed financial information and may be referred to a budgeting adviser or careers adviser (we provide these services free of charge).
We make grants to individuals in two main areas:
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. These costs can include course fees; travel costs; books; special clothing; equipment; study/field trips and childcare.
Applications for degree or NVQ/BTEC courses must be for courses starting or continuing in Sep/Oct 2020. We will also consider applications for short courses (e.g. construction certificates, security qualifications) throughout the year.
Please note, we have limited funds so strongly encourage university applicants to apply as early as possible (ideally during the summer term). The latest we will consider an application from a university student is 30 October 2020 (however this date may be moved earlier if we have a high number of applications).
Vocational/Non-degree applicants may apply at any time.
(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.
For BME students applying to a Russell Group university, please also see our Townsend Scholarship programme.
2) 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:
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.
If you currently live in Lambeth (and have done so for at least one year) and you think you are eligible, please complete our Online Application Form.
Questions? Call a member of the Grants Team 020 7735 1925 (0900-1700 Monday to Friday) or email
Once we receive all your supporting documents, a decision will usually be made 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 the duration of the course. This service is free and confidential.
If we award 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
Also we have put together information on additional resources (accessing other grants, work experience and general support) to help you make the most of your studies - details here.
Other links Debt advice in Lambeth