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 eight years we’ve given more than 400 Aspire Award grants to help pay for education courses, training and equipment and support start-up businesses. The grants have helped our 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.

**Aspire Award applications are now open**

Applications for all categories close on Friday 22 July 2022

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 and specific course equipment and workwear. Grants will be considered up to a maximum of £3,000.

Exclusions are detailed in the terms and conditions.

To apply online for an Aspire Award in Your Career, please complete this application form.

If you’d prefer to print and complete your form, please use the following PDF document and email your completed form and additional documents to aspire.awards@guinness.org.uk or post to Aspire Awards, The Guinness Partnership, 30 Brock Street, Regents Place, London NW1 3FG.

Your 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 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.

To apply online for an Aspire Award in Your Degree, please complete this application form.

If you’d prefer to print and complete your form, please use the following PDF document and email your completed form and additional documents to aspire.awards@guinness.org.uk or post to Aspire Awards, The Guinness Partnership, 30 Brock Street, Regents Place, London NW1 3FG.

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.

To apply online for an Aspire Award in Your Talent, please complete this application form.

If you’d prefer to print and complete your form, please use the following PDF document and email your completed form and additional documents to aspire.awards@guinness.org.uk or post to Aspire Awards, The Guinness Partnership, 30 Brock Street, Regents Place, London NW1 3FG.

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.

To apply online for an Aspire Award in Your Community, please complete this application form.

If you’d prefer to print and complete your form, please use the following PDF document and email your completed form and additional documents to aspire.awards@guinness.org.uk or post to Aspire Awards, The Guinness Partnership, 30 Brock Street, Regents Place, London NW1 3FG.

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 cost.

What we fund and What we don’t fund

Take a look below for a quick guide on what the Aspire Awards do and do not cover.

* for exceptional circumstances only

Any questions?

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