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Work, skills and training fund for individuals

Grant support is available to individuals resident in Allerdale who need a small amount of funding to support access onto a training course or may need specialist workwear, for example. There is a limit of £500 per application.

The principles in the Allerdale Borough Council Tackling Poverty Strategy are to: 

  • Support people on low incomes to access training to build skills and confidence
  • Increase the opportunities for training and employment
  • Supporting young people into training and employment

Please read the criteria and guidance below and before completing an application form. 

Please note we welcome applications at any time, however there is a limited amount of funding available and not all applications can be supported.


Applications will be considered by three representatives of the Council’s Tackling Poverty Delivery Board, who are a team of officers looking at delivering the Tackling Poverty Strategy, and will take into account:

  1. The purpose of the request
  2. Allerdale resident - proof of residency may be required
  3. Whether the applicant is unemployed, an apprentice, on National Living Wage or National Minimum Wage  
  4. The amount requested – small amounts will be given preference over large amounts.
  5. The maximum amount that can be paid is £500
  6. Whether support has been provided previously through this fund. This does not mean if you have already received support under this scheme that you cannot re-apply, but it will be taken into account when determining your application.
  7. The grant is a one off payment and not for recurring costs.

The funding will not cover money that has been spent before the application is approved.

A detailed breakdown of what the money is needed for will be required, for example, if it is needed to buy tools or equipment. If the funding is to cover travel costs, please give full details and the purpose of the journey, or if it for a training course, please provide details of the course, who is running the course, when it is, where it will take place and the costs.

Application process:

To apply for a grant, please download and complete the application form below with as much detail as possible and email it to

Download the Work, Skills and Training Fund application form

We will let you know of the decision within 10 working days from the date the application is submitted. This will be in writing and will detail what the grant is for and who will be your named contact at the Council. If you are successful, we may need confirmation of the information provided in your application such as wage slips, proof of identity.  

If you have any questions or would like more information on the Fund, please contact us on 0303 123 1702 or email

Please be sure to download and read the grant terms and conditions below:

Download the Terms and Conditions


Data Protection: Allerdale Borough Council takes your privacy seriously and your data will be used to administer and analyse grants and projects for research purposes. It will be processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). We may share your data internally or with partner organisations where necessary to administer the Fund, or where we are legally required to do so. The need to maintain confidentiality of vulnerable groups is recognised and their details will not be made public in any way, except as required by law. Failure to provide the necessary information may mean we are unable to process your funding application. We will not use your data for marketing purposes unless we have gained your consent to do so. You have a number of rights in relation to your data. If you want to exercise any of these rights then you can do so by contacting the Information Governance and Data Protection Officer, Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 3YJ (tel: 0303 123 1702 /email: or by using the Individuals’ Rights form on our website. For further information please see the Privacy Notice and Individuals’ Rights page on our website. If you are dissatisfied with the way we have processed your data you may contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at

Freedom of Information Act: The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives members of the public the right to request access to information that is held by local authorities, this includes information received from third parties, such as, although not limited to, grant applicants, grant holders and contractors. If information is requested under the Freedom of Information Act it will be released, subject to certain exemptions.