Individual employer funding

If you receive a direct payment from your local authority, a personal health budget or use your own money to employ your own care and support staff (self-funder), you can apply for money to pay for training.

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. 

How can I apply? 

To apply for funding, you will need to complete the application form and send it to us. You can download it as a:

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 2017/18 funding year, applications must be sent to us with all necessary documents any time before 5pm on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Any training that you want to be funded must be started by 31 March 2018.

What happens next? 

We'll 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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