Individual employer funding

The opportunity to submit applications for individual employer funding closed on 28 February 2021 and the process will reopen later in the year. Sign up to receive the newsletter to find out when the process opens as well as the latests sector news, resources and upcoming events.

If you have any questions please email us or call 0113 241 1275. Alternatively please view the FAQ document which may answer your question.

Who can apply?

If you employ your own care and support through a personal budget from social care or health (personal health budget) or using your own money (this is sometimes called being a 'self-funder'), you can apply for funding to train and develop yourself as an individual employer and/or develop the skills of your personal assistants (PAs). 

The funding could also be used to cover the direct costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring replacement support whilst your usual PA is attending training. The video below explains this in more detail and you can also read about how other employers have used the fund. 


This guidance explains more about the funding, how to complete the application form and what documents you need to send with your application.

⇨ ‘How to apply for funding for training’ guidance 

The opportunity to submit applications for individual employer funding closed on 28 February 2021 and the process will reopen later in the year.

How do I apply when the process reopens? 

Download and complete the application form then email it to

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

⇨ Download the application form  Word  |  PDF

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.

If you have any questions or need help with the application form you can:

✉:  |  ☏: 0113 241 1275

⇨ Download the FAQs

View our privacy policy and full terms and conditions of all grants issued:

  How have others used the funding?

  • Perveen Ahmad applied for funding to pay for a tailored package of training for her PAs, including nutrition and hydration, moving and handling and mental health awareness. She said: "None of this would have been achievable without Skills for Care funding." 
    ➥ Read more about the training

  • 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.

Money for training individual employers 

⇨ Download the Money for training individual employers leaflet to find out some of the courses you can apply for 

COVID-19: Essential training

Whilst face to face training may not be possible at this time, some training remains a priority. We’ve worked with our endorsed providers to make this essential training available, which can also be accessed by PAs and their employers. It is recommended PAs discuss training needs with their employer first, then they or their employer contact the learning provider to make sure the training course would be suitable.
⇨ Access our 'Essential Training'

Employing personals assistants toolkit

Employing personal assistants toolkit will help you to think about your responsibilities and legal obligations as an employer. It guides you through the process of recruiting a personal assistant and what to do when they’re working for you, including training and managing them. 

The toolkit includes practical examples from other individual employers and templates to help.

⇨ See the online toolkit


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