Individual employer funding

If you receive a direct payment from your local authority, a personal health budget (PHB) or use your own money to employ your own care and support staff, you can apply for this funding to cover the cost of care related training for yourself and your personal assistant (PA). 

Please note: we have condensed applications for funding for direct payment recipients, personal health budget holders and self funders into one application form for 2016/17. You are asked to state in section 1 how you fund your PAs. 

Watch our video about the funding available.  


What can I claim for?

The fund can be used for training to develop you as an employer and to develop the skills of your PA.

The fund can cover the direct costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring replacement support whilst your usual PA is attending training.  

Read about how other employers have used the fund, and see examples of training and qualifications we could fund.

Apply for funding 

To apply for funding, you will need to complete the application form and send it to us. You can download this as a word document or PDF. You can also download an easy read application form.


Our guidance document will explain more about the funding and how to complete your application. This is also available as an easy read guidance.


You can ask for assistance to complete the application form, but only you as the employer can agree to the conditions of the grant.  

To claim funding during the 2016/17 funding year, applications must be sent to us with all necessary documents any time before 5pm on Tuesday 28 February 2017. Any training that you want to be funded must be started by 31 March 2017.

Training providers are not permitted to submit applications on behalf of individual employers.

What happens next?

We will consider all applications for funding on a case by case basis. If successful, we will usually tell you within 30 days and arrange payment directly into your bank account.

You might find our frequently asked questions about individual employer funding useful.


More information and useful resources about employing your own care and support staff can be found on the information hub for individual employers and personal assistants.

If you have any questions please call 0113 2411275 or email

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