Learner Support Fund

The Learner Support Fund

The fund is for low paid learners who are equally likely to experience financial hardship as those who are unemployed.

How to apply

Please contact us for an application form.


In order for learners to receive financial support from the Learner Support Fund they must be resident in the borough and receiving working tax credits. Learners must supply proof that they receive working tax credit when they apply for to the fund.

What help with costs is available?

Exam / accreditation costs

Cost of exam / accreditation Help available
£0 – £60 50% of cost
£61 – £199 75% of cost
£200 85% of cost


The balance of the exam / accreditation costs will be payable by the learner at the time of enrolment. The remaining balance of the exam fee will be charged to the hardship fund.

Course costs

The fund will pay up to 70% of course fees. A discretionary award can be made for more than 70% but a business case must be made by the Programme Manager.


Items listed in the course information sheet as essential can be made available to learners for the duration of the course. Materials cannot be taken home unless required for homework purposes.

Set Text Books

Books listed in the course information sheet as essential can be made available to learners for the duration of the course. Text books must be returned at the end of the course.


We have limited funding available to assist learners with the costs involved in arranging for children under school age to be cared for by an Ofsted registered child care provider. It is the learner’s responsibility to ensure that the childcare provider is Ofsted registered prior to placing their child with the provider. If the application is successful the childcare provider will be asked to submit invoices directly to the adult learning service for direct settlement.


Learners have the right to appeal against a decision. The appeal must be in writing and must be submitted within 14 days of receiving confirmation of an award or rejection. The letter should set out the reasons for the appeal as well as submitting any further evidence to support the appeal. The decision of the appeals panel is final.


This guideline, procedures and practices will be reviewed regularly.

Equal opportunities

The hardship Fund will be administered within the procedures and practice of the LBWF Equal Opportunities policy. You can find the council policy at: www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content/equalities-and-diversity