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, get involved in the community or become a sports superstar, artist or musician – we want to help.

The Aspire Awards

Over the last seven years we’ve given more than 300 Aspire Award grants to help pay for education courses, training and equipment and support start-up businesses. The grants have helped Guinness customers to achieve their dreams, further their careers and progress their talents.

Read more about previous Aspire Award winners, from University nursing student, Naomi, to aspiring Olympic athlete, Ahmed.

The awards are judged and granted two times a year with funding available under four different categories;

 

Your Career

We’ll pay for training and equipment to get you back into work or help you 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.

In this year’s Aspire Awards we also want to help support our customers who are freelance or sole traders, that have been affected by the recent pandemic. We will be providing smaller grants of up to £300 for those who need a little extra help to get their business back up and running and require things such as equipment, PPE or marketing costs.

Exclusions are detailed in the terms and conditions at the end of the application form.

Your Degree

**Applications for this category are currently closed**

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 or is currently completing an undergraduate degree.

We also offer grants to cover the cost of academic books for a customer studying an undergraduate degree.

Exclusions are detailed in the terms and conditions at the end of the application form.

Your Talent

This funding is available for customers with a proven talent in their field to cover costs of training or equipment to help you achieve the highest level of success. Grants will be considered up to a maximum of £3,000.

Exclusions are detailed in the terms and conditions at the end of the application form.

Your Community

This funding is available for projects or initiatives that will help make the local community, neighbourhood or estate a great place to live, that will benefit Guinness customers and are supported by the local community.

Awards can range from £50 to a maximum of £5,000 per project, per year.

Exclusions are detailed in the terms and conditions at the end of the application form.

Applications are now open!

How to apply for an Aspire Award

Please ensure you read the full terms and conditions at the bottom of the application form before applying for an Aspire Award.

You can apply via email by downloading and completing the following forms:

Send your completed form and supporting documents to:

Closing dates for Aspire Award applications are as follows:

  • Your Career, Your Talent and Your Community – Applications close on Friday 14 January 2022.


Please note:
 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’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 or how much the equipment you need will be.

More information about the Aspire Awards can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Celebrating Aspire Award winners

Take a look at some of our past winners who came together to share their experiences and stories of the amazing ways they are making a difference for themselves and their communities.

Any questions?

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