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.  

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 someone to help you 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

  • Ella McCance applied for funding to pay for her team of PAs to do the Care Certificate and other training including equality and diversity, Mental Capacity Act and person centred care planning. She told us "the training has helped my PAs to be more confident and knowledgeable about my specific care needs."
    Read more about the training. 

  • Pauline Drury applied for funding on behalf of her daughter Natalie, to train her PAs to deliver rebound therapy sessions. Natalie and her PAs have benefit from the training. Her Mum, Pauline says: "It allows us to feel that Natalie is in safe and knowledgable hands when we're not with her."
    Read more about the training. 

  • Sharon Taylor-Brown applied for funding to pay for her PAs to attend training as part of the Care Certificate. She told us "The funding enabled to training to be delivered in my own home so it was personalised to my needs."
    Read more about the training. 

  • Rosie Till supported her husabnd, Steve, to apply for funding for two of his PAs to do adult social care qualifications. Lisa is doing the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care, and Natalie is going the Level Diploma in Leadership. Rosie told us: The training will help us structure our team of six PAs by providing Natalie with the skills to lead the team. I hope this will mean I can spend more quality time with Steve. 
    Read more about the training. 

  • Robert Sagill is a personal assistant, and his employer applied for funding so he could do a Certificate in Health and Safety at Work and a Level 3 Health and Social Care Diploma. He told us: "Needless to say I now have a greater understanding in this field. Personally I have more confidence in my role as a PA.."
    Read more about the training. 

  • Kate Fenwick applied for funding for one of her PAs to attend a  QCF Level 2 DBG Signature Communicator Guide course. She told us: "The training has made Lois more confident when she’s supporting me, and I feel more confident to join in with my local community."
    Read more about the training.
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