Access to Work Scheme (Free)

What is the grant available for?

An Access to Work grant helps pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition so you can:

  • start working
  • stay in work
  • start your own business

How much you get depends on your circumstances.

The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.

The money can pay for things like:

  • adaptations to the equipment you use
  • special equipment
  • fares to work if you can’t use public transport
  • a support worker 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

Capital or Revenue or both?


Percentage of Project Cost

Not specified.

Eligibility Criteria

Access to Work grants are only available if the employer is based in England, Scotland or Wales.

You must be 16 or over and either:

  • about to start a job or work trial
  • in a paid job or self-employed (you can’t get a grant for voluntary work)

You might also qualify if you’re getting New Enterprise Allowance or starting work experience under a Youth Contract.

Your condition

Your disability or health condition must affect your ability to do a job or mean you have to pay work-related costs. For example, special computer equipment or travel costs because you can’t use public transport.

Your mental health condition must affect your ability to do a job. It must also mean you need support to:

  • start a new job
  • reduce absence from work
  • stay in work


You might not qualify if you get any of these benefits:

  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Income Support
  • National Insurance Credits

Delivery targets and required outcomes

Not specified.

Grant amounts available

There is no set amount for an Access to Work grant. How much you get depends on your circumstances.

Who provides the grant?

Access to work is a Government initiative.

How to Apply

Follow these steps if you think you can get help from Access to Work.

  1. Contact Access to Work.
  2. Print the Access to Work eligibility letter and take it to your employer or to a job interview.
  3. When an adviser contacts you and your employer, tell them about the help and support you need.

 Contact Access to Work

You may need the following when you contact Access to Work:

  • your National Insurance number
  • your workplace address, including your postcode
  • the name, email address and work phone number of a workplace contact (eg your manager)
  • your unique tax reference number (if you’re self employed)
  • the name of your New Enterprise Allowance mentor (if you have one)

Contact Information:

Telephone numbers:
0345 268 8489
0345 608 8753