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Access to Work Grant

Find out if you’re eligible for an Access to Work grant and how to apply.

Last updated: 20 January 2021

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have an impairment, health or mental health condition. It can help you to:

  • Start working
  • Stay in work
  • Move into self-employment

The grant isn’t for business start-up costs. It’s to help you do things you couldn’t otherwise do because of a condition or impairment.

The grant can pay for things like:

  • Adaptations to the equipment you use
  • Special equipment
  • Taxi fares to work if you can’t use public transport
  • A personal assistant or job coach to help you in your workplace
  • A support service if you have a mental health condition and you’re absent from work or finding it difficult to work
  • Disability awareness training for your colleagues
  • A communicator at a job interview
  • The cost of moving your equipment if you change location or job

Who can get it?

To get an Access to Work grant you must:

  • Have an impairment, health condition or mental health condition that affects your ability to work
  • Be 16 or over
  • Live in England, Scotland or Wales - there’s a different system in Northern Ireland

Your work

One of the following must apply:

  • You have a paid job
  • You’re self-employed
  • You have a job interview
  • You’re about to start a job
  • You’re starting work experience

Access to Work grants are not available for voluntary work.

Your impairment or health condition

Your Impairment or health condition must either:

  • Affect your ability to do a job
  • Mean you have to pay work-related costs, for example additional computer equipment or travel costs because you can’t use public transport

It must also either:

  • Be likely to last at least a year
  • Have lasted at least a year already

Changing jobs

Make sure you contact Access to Work if you change jobs. You may be able to:

  • Transfer equipment to a new job
  • Get a different amount of grant

You can find more information and apply for Access to Work here.