Aspire Awards
Backing your potential

Whether it’s to help you build your skills to get into work, move up the career ladder, start a small business, become a sports superstar, artist or musician or fund a community project – we want to help.

Aspire Award recipients

The Aspire Awards

Over the last five years we’ve given more than 230 customers Aspire Award grants to support community projects or help pay for education courses, training and equipment. The grants have helped Guinness customers to achieve their dreams and become photographers, reflexologists, hair & beauty therapists, swimming instructors and tree surgeons to name a few. We’ve also backed community projects creating mosaic art projects, turning unused space into vibrant allotments and keeping kids entertained over the summer, helping to build better and brighter communities for everyone.

The awards are judged and granted three times a year and funding is available under four different areas:

Your Degree – do you want to complete an undergraduate degree? Once a year we will offer funding of up to £9,250 to cover university tuition fees for a customer that is looking to start an undergraduate degree but is reluctant because of the high cost and length of the course – for example a law or medical degree.

Your Career – are you looking to secure work, develop your career, or start your own business? This funding is available to cover the costs of starting your own business, training course fees, specific course equipment and workwear or transport costs. Grants will be considered up to a maximum of £3,000.

Your Talent – are you a talented sportsperson, artist or musician looking to make your dreams a reality? This funding is available for customers with a proven talent in their field and will cover the costs of training or equipment to help you achieve the highest level of success. Grants will be considered up to a maximum of £1,500.

Your Community – do you need support with a project to help make your local community a great place to live? This funding is available for projects or initiatives that are supported by the local community and benefit Guinness customers. Awards can range from £50 to a maximum of £10,000 per project, per year.

How to apply for an Aspire Award

You can apply for an award throughout the year. Our next round of judging will be in September 2017. 

Our Aspire awards are open to Guinness customers or service users that have held a tenancy or received a service from us for over 6 months.

You can apply for an award by completing an application form. You’ll need to let us know exactly what you want the funding for, so make sure you’ve found the course you want to complete, how much the equipment you need will be, or what your community project will cost.

If you are applying for an award in the Your Community category, you will need to complete this application form.

If you are applying for an award for any other category, you should complete this application form.

Send your completed form and supporting documents to:

Any questions?

More information about the Aspire Awards can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions or you can view the full terms and conditions here.

If you have any questions about the Aspire Awards please get in touch using the form below.