Development Awards: Cash grants from The Prince's Trust


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.


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 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)



What do I need to do next?

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 to apply:

  • Fill out the online enquiry form
  • Speak to someone about all Prince’s Trust programmes and any general enquiries by calling 0800 842842
  • Find out what’s happening in your region
  • Alternatively, text “Call Me” to 07983 385418


Key facts:

  • Over 6,500 young people received a Development Award last year
  • 80% of Award recipients are in sustained employment, education or training (measured three months post Award)


*Award averages vary locally according to funding (please contact regional offices for more information)

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