St Albans Care Leavers Fund - grants of up to £500 are available for individuals aged 16-25 who have previously been in care in St Albans.

Open with decisions made on a rolling basis

Care Leavers Grants in the region of £500 are available for individuals aged 16-25 who have previously been in care in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

Applications should come from someone who supports the young person in a professional capacity, for example a Personal Advisor, social worker, or someone who works for a college or university. Grants will be made to the support worker, usually in the form of vouchers, and we expect the support worker to provide evidence of how they were spent (i.e. a receipt).

What will we fund?

We will fund anything which will improve the quality of a young person’s life. This includes but is not limited to:

  • household items such as furniture and white goods
  • equipment for education, employment or training such as a computer
  • funding for non-higher education learning such as driving lessons
  • things that improve health and wellbeing like gym membership or a bicycle

    The fund is not restricted to essentials, but you must be able to explain briefly why this item will improve the young person’s quality of life.

    What can't be funded?

    We can’t fund mobile phones or phone bills. We can’t fund other bills or arrears.

    We can’t make a general payment to a young person for them to spend as they wish – we can only make grants via a support worker either in vouchers or a payment made to an organisational bank account for the support worker to use to pay for the item.

    You should have made sure that there is not statutory support available to fund the item, for example via a Leaving Care Grant or an academic bursary. If the young person has received everything they are entitled to and needs extra help, then you can apply for this grant on their behalf.
  • How to make an application

    Applications should come from a support worker on the behalf of the young person.

    Please send completed application forms to us via email to or by post to Care Leavers Fund, Hertfordshire Community Foundation, 2-4 Forum Place, Fiddlebridge Lane, Hatfield, AL10 0RN.

    The application form and a copy of the guidance notes are available to download below.

    Care Leavers Grants Guidance Notes
    St Albans Care Leavers Grants Guidance Notes

    Care Leavers Grants Application Form
    St Albans Care Leavers Grants Application Form

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