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24 October 2017

Leaving care: Money and benefits

Find out what financial support you are entitled to when you leave care.

When you leave care you are entitled to financial support. This will be set out in your pathway plan and explained to you by your personal adviser. 

You will receive a Leaving Care Grant to help you buy essential things when moving into your own home and to cover other costs. If you are not living independently you can delay claiming the grant until you need it. 

You should also receive a bursary of £1200 if you continue in full-time education. Contact your school or college to find out how to claim the 16-19 bursary. If you are studying at higher education (university) you are also eligible for a higher education bursary of £2000. 

You may also be eligible to claim benefits such as:

Your personal adviser will work with you to explain what you may or may not be entitled to.

There are also a range of grants and additional funding you can apply for:

Type of grant: Education/training, household items, emergency expenses and medical costs.
Organisation: Care Leavers Foundation
Amount: Max £400
Age group: Care leavers aged 18-29
Application method: Application form
Website: www.thecareleaversfoundation.org 

Type of grant: Education, training, household items, driving lessons, laptop and travel (education or employment related).
Organisation: Capstone Care Leavers Trust 
Amount: £300 - £2000
Age group: Care leavers aged 17-25
Application method: Application form
Website: www.capstonecareleaverstrust.org

Type of grant: Education, training and household items.
Organisation: The Spark Foundation
Amount: Max £600
Age group: Under 25
Application method: Application form
Website: www.sparkfoundation.org.uk 

Type of grant: Costs relating to education and training.
Organisation: Lawrence Atwell's Charity
Amount: £100 to £1500
Age group: Young people aged 16-26
Application method: Application form
Website: www.theskinnerscompany.org.uk 

Type of grant: Education, training and employment.
Organisation: The Prince's Trust 
Amount: Max £500 
Age group: Young people aged 17-25
Application method: Phone
Website: www.princes-trust.org.uk

Type of grant: Practical skills, education, training and household items. 
Organisation: Rees Foundation
Amount: Crisis funding
Application method: Phone
Website: www.reesfoundation.org

Type of grant: Training to get into work.
Organisation: The Thomas Wall Trust
Amount: Max £1000
Age group: Care leavers
Application method: Application form
Website: www.thomaswalltrust.org.uk

Type of grant: Education or training. 
Organisation: Dr Claire M Roberts Memorial Fund
Age group: Young people
Application method: Letter
Website: Turn2Us

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