We believe in social mobility.

And we’re putting our money where our mouth is.

When it comes to making real change, talk is cheap. People need more than just kind words to help them achieve their goals.

That’s why we’re providing funding to build the skills and knowledge necessary to aid social mobility. With our three streams of funding—Learner Grants, Action Research Grants, and Resource and Facilities Grants—learners, staff and education providers can receive funding for the things they need to realise meaningful change.

Who qualifies for funding?

Grants are available to learners and staff at Silver, Gold and Platinum members of the Skills and Education Group. If you are not sure if your organisation is a member, browse our map of member organisations.

Our grants

Learner Grants

Up to £1,000 to help cover the costs of educational resources, transport, living, childcare, educational events and much more


Maria used a Learner Grant to pay some of her course fees at MADD College, so she could pursue her career ambitions in dance.

Action Research Grants

Up to £6,000 to support action research projects that improve practice, widen learner participation and increase social inclusion


The team at DN Colleges Group built a fantastic new website to help school leavers and those not in education make the transition to college.

Resource and Facilities Grants

Up to £2,000 to deliver material improvements at learning providers


At York College, teacher Mandy Hardy led the building of a sensory garden to provide students a peaceful and calming environment.

Our grants are making a real difference.

  • The grant has allowed me to gain a year’s worth of physiotherapy [and] helped me to afford weights to practise gym at home.

    – Learner Grant recipient