Vocational Grants

Vocational Grants are open to individuals aged between 16 and 25, who have lived within Wiltshire County or Swindon Borough for at least the last 2 years and who, or their parents/carers, are in receipt of means-tested benefits.

Grants are also available for 14 and 15 year olds if they have been resident for at least 5 years in Wiltshire County or Swindon Borough.

Grants can be awarded for course related costs and equipment, travel and field trips or other costs related to a vocational course at college, 6th form or other education provider; training through an apprenticeship or to support a new business start-up.

We are particularly keen to fund ‘tools of the trade' or vocational training.

Applications are for amounts under £1,000. Applications can be made throughout the year and decisions are made by a panel.

Eligibility

  • Be resident for at least two years in Wiltshire or Swindon (or 5 years if aged 14 or 15) AND
  • Receive means-tested benefits or parents, carers or guardians be in receipt of means-tested benefits AND
  • Be aged between 14 -25 (the grant must be spent before the applicant reaches their 26th birthday) AND
  • Have investigated and been declined for other funding (such as College hardship fund, school funds) AND
  • Be able to provide evidence of acceptance for their course or training

Use of Grant

  • Grants can only be used to support educational or training needs.
  • Examples include the full costs or a contribution towards:
  • Fees for particular courses and trips i.e. educational trips or excursions
  • Equipment (including specially adapted equipment for those with disabilities, tools for training apprenticeships, equipment for sports, IT, music or other extra-curricular activities)
  • Books and other resources
  • Payments for out of school activities during term time and holidays
  • For early years children, support costs for activities that help their transition into mainstream education

This list is not exhaustive and if you have an idea that fits within the scope of education or training, please discuss this with a member of staff at WCF before completing the Vocational Grant Questionnaire.

The grants cannot be used for

  • School fees
  • Money that has already been spent
  • The promotion of party political or religious purposes
  • Equipment or expenses which should be provided by someone else
  • Activities or equipment that is not education related

If you want to make an application for a Vocational Grant please request an Application Pack.