By doing this we help young people between the ages of 16 and 26 to learn new skills and make their way into work. We cannot help if you are still in secondary education, studying for GCSEs or A Levels, or studying any other course that is not vocational.
Companies that employ young people know these kinds of qualifications will get you ready to join the world of work. Find out about courses that match careers you are interested in at the National Careers Service website.
If you are hoping to start some training but are worried about how you can afford the fees, travel to college, buy the required equipment or pay for other costs associated with the course, then Lawrence Atwell’s Charity may be able to help you. We can consider courses that take place over a number of years as well as shorter training courses. In all cases, the course to be taken should be an essential step towards a vocational qualification or towards employment. The course also needs to be accredited or recognised by a regulatory or independent professional body. We may consider applications for those in need of equipment essential for work.
If you have any difficulties with this please contact us for help.
For all enquiries, call Patrick O'Kelly on 020 7213 0561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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What kind of grants do you make?
Our grants can range from £100 to £1,500 - successful applicants may receive a one-off award or a series of payments across the duration of a course of study.
We can consider grants for
Why is family income important to eligibility?
Young people who grow up in low income homes face major barriers in their lives and life chances, especially when it comes to finding and paying for the kind of training and work opportunities they want. This is why our grants need to reach applicants from families who have been dependent on benefits or on low wages for years.
Applicants must come from families where the gross annual household income is under £26,000 and has been so for some years. We cannot accept requests from anyone who does not come from this kind of financial background. It also means that we are unable to help in instances where a family living in relative affluence has fallen temporarily on hard times.
We ask all applicants about their family's financial circumstances, no matter how old they are, or if they now live independently. The only exceptions are where family relationships have broken down and/or if applicants are parted from their family, through seeking asylum for example. We will confirm this when approaching applicants' referees in confidence.
Do you interview people?
No. We wish we could meet all applicants face-to-face to learn more about their particular needs, but this is not possible. Instead we rely on referees to tell us more about each applicant’s unique circumstances. As part of our application process, we ask applicants to provide us with contact details for two referees.
We prefer applicants not to forward pre-prepared reference letters to us. This is because we ask specific questions and need to be sure that each reference is up-to-date. We do not disclose information about any applicant’s background or personal finances to anyone outside the Charity. However, we need to tell referees who we are and what we do, so that they fully understand why they are being asked to support individual grant applications.
Who are suitable people to nominate as my personal referee?
Do you make loans?
Can I apply to more than one charity?
Yes. We encourage applicants to research and apply to as many charities as they can. Many charities like ours work together to help someone to realise their ambitions. We all rely on beneficiaries keeping us up to date about their successes in obtaining funds from other sources. Applying to other charities will not jeopardise your chances of receiving an award, so long as you still have costs to cover.
How do you make decisions?
Decisions on grants are made by a Committee which usually holds meetings in July, September, November, January, April or May. Once the Committee has made its decision on an application, we will inform the applicant of the outcome of their request within 3-5 working days of the meeting.
Do you have a deadline?
No. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Our funds are limited, and applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible.
How long does the application process take?
From a few weeks to two to three months. This often depends on how long it takes to get responses from referees.
Can I post you the application form?
No. Our process is online, but it is possible to print out the questions to enable discussion between you and your adviser before the form is completed online.
Where can I find details of other sources of funds?
More information about other sources of funding can be found through the Useful Contacts page.
Who was Lawrence Atwell?
Lawrence Atwell founded his charity in 1588 "to set poor people on work". Little is known about his early life, but his family had been living and working in the Exeter area for at least 200 years. In 1564 he made his way to London where, as an adventurous merchant trader, it seems he lost and made several fortunes in his "losses and crosses by land and sea". Perhaps it was his own periodic experiences of poverty and having to battle to make his way in the world again that led to the creation of his charity. Atwell became a member of the Skinners’ Company, one of the ‘Great Twelve’ livery companies of the City of London. Today, the Skinners’ Company acts as his charity’s trustee.