The Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) has launched this year’s Unlocking Success tenant bursary scheme.

There are 50 awards available to support people living in homes rented from social housing providers to access training. The number of awards has increased to celebrate the NHC’s 50th anniversary.

This year the NHC is offering a mixture of grants for specific items such as laptops or travel passes, and £500 cash bursaries to support with the cost of learning. The bursaries can be used to cover costs including course fees, travel, equipment, childcare and even living expenses.

Unlocking Success launched in 2019 and has supported 101 people living in social housing with over £36,000 of funding to help them release their ambitions by accessing education or training.

Northern Housing Consortium Chief Executive Tracy Harrison said:

“We wanted to put the people who live in social housing at the heart of our 50th anniversary celebrations. We know that costs for things like equipment, travel or even childcare can be a barrier which prevent people on low incomes accessing training. Our bursary scheme helps ease that burden and has already supported over 100 people.”

Applications for Unlocking Success awards are now open and will close on 5th July.

The application process is quick and easy. Landlords, who are full or affiliate members of the NHC, nominate a person living in a home they own or manage (they do not have to be named on the tenancy, but must be aged over 16) for the award, by filling in a short form, which should only take five minutes. The person they’ve nominated sends a short written pitch or video to explain why they need the funding to support with training or education.

You can apply via the Unlocking Success website.