Lawrence Atwell's Charity


The provision of grants or loans for young people based in the UK and aged between 16 and 26 towards the cost of vocational training or equipment that is essential for work.  The charity's aim is to assist young people who come from a low-income background to become qualified or equipped to work in their chosen career.


Maximum Value:£ 1,500
Minimum Value:£ 100

Extended Description

Lawrence Atwell was a successful merchant trader who became a Skinner and a Member of the Skinners' Company.  The Lawrence Atwell Charity was formed under his will in 1588 and is managed by the Skinners' Company, which is one of the 'great twelve' City livery companies.  The Skinners' Company is no longer associated with the craft controlling the use, production and sale of furs used for trimming garments for people of exalted rank, but continues to administer its own corporate property and charitable trusts.

The Charity aims to help young people free themselves from poverty and disadvantage by heading into the job they want.  Through tailored grant-making to those people who are most in need, the Charity will invest in their talents and aspirations to help them find their way – either straightaway or through a series of steps - into satisfying work.

Latest Information

Applications can be made at any time.

Key Criteria    

Applications are accepted from individuals aged between 16 and 26 inclusive who come from low-waged families. These are households where the parent/s’ total gross income is less than £26,000 per year and has been at this level for some time.

The Charity will support applications from UK citizens, refugees with leave to remain in the UK, and asylum seekers in the process of obtaining leave to remain.

The Charity is particularly interested in applicants who face additional barriers in life, work and training. Typical examples are those who:

  • Have no or few qualifications after leaving secondary education.
  • Have very limited or no support from their families, either because they have lost one or both parents, have been in local authority care, or family relationships have broken down.
  • Have a disability (this includes mental health issues).
  • Are lone parents.
  • Have fled persecution in their home countries. 
  • Are ex-offenders or at risk of offending.

Eligible Expenditure                                      

Grants are available towards the following:

  • vocational training - this is as an accredited course which, once completed, will be recognised by an employer and enable someone to find work. Such courses include NVQ Level 3, BTEC National Diplomas and City & Guilds courses.
  • 'First step' qualifications that help people to become qualified for work - these are courses that people need to take in order to reach the kind of higher level vocational training described above. Courses include NVQ Levels 1 and 2, BTEC First Diplomas/Certificates and access and foundation courses.

The course to be taken should be an essential ‘first step’ towards a vocational qualification or towards employment. It must also be accredited or recognised by a regulatory or independent professional body.

Awards can assist with the following:

  • Tuition, enrolment, registration and examination fees - these grants are usually paid directly to the place of study.
  • General living expenses during training - grants are paid directly to successful applicants, usually into their bank accounts. These can be contributions towards the cost of accommodation, food and groceries, household bills, travel to college, and so on.
  • Specific items and one-off costs - grants can be made for essential tools and items of equipment. Where a grant has been made for something specific (such as for childcare or to pay for some tools), payments are usually made directly to the supplier, on receipt of invoices.


Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants are encouraged to obtain funds from other sources and to apply to as many charities as possible


The following exclusions apply:

  • Anyone under the age of 16 or 27 and over.
  • International or foreign students (this includes people from EU countries).
  • Young people still in secondary education.
  • Non-vocational courses such as GCSEs, ‘A’ levels, or GNVQs.
  • Higher education courses or courses for which government funding, such as a student loan, is available. 
  • Courses at Level 4 or above.
  • Undergraduate or first degrees.
  • Postgraduate or second degrees.
  • Dance and drama courses which take place at private schools and colleges.
  • People who are already qualified to work or who have had significant work experience.
  • People whose current qualifications are Level 3 or above.
  • Payment of any already existing fees or debts (including loans).
  • Cases where it is unclear that the applicant will realistically be able to raise the balance of funds to complete the entire course.
  • Expeditions, travel or study abroad.
  • Business enterprises or startup costs.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made online on the Charity's website.

Decisions on grants are made by a Committee which holds meetings in July, September, November, January, March and May.  Once the Committee has made its decision on an application, it will inform the applicant of the outcome of their request within three to five working days of the meeting.

IAddress & Contacts :

Contact details:
Atwell Administrator The Skinners’ Company
Lawrence Atwell's Charity
Skinners' Hall
8 Dowgate Hill
Telephone:020 7213 0561