Guidance

Kickstart Scheme closure

Information about how the Kickstart Scheme closure will affect employers and Kickstart gateways.

Applies to England, Scotland and Wales

Employers who applied for a Kickstart Scheme grant before midday on 17 December 2021

You should have received a decision on your application. Contact your local or national Kickstart Scheme contact if you have not received a decision.

If your application is successful

You should have signed and returned your grant agreement by 11:59pm on 7 January 2022.

You must now:

To help us process the funding, we ask that you tell us as soon as possible or by 11:59pm on 30 April 2022 that the young person has started their job.

You’ll get funding for 6 months once the young person has started their job.

If your application is not successful

Applications for the Kickstart Scheme closed at midday on 17 December 2021.

Check if you’re eligible for funding from other employment schemes.

Employers or Kickstart gateways who applied for more jobs to be added to their grant agreement before midday on 17 December 2021

You should have received a decision on your application. Contact your local or national Kickstart Scheme contact if you have not received a decision.

If your application is successful

You should have signed and returned your grant agreement by 11:59pm on 7 January 2022.

You must now:

To help us process the funding, we ask that you tell us as soon as possible or by 11:59pm on 30 April 2022 that the young person has started their job.

You’ll get funding for 6 months once the young person has started their job.

If your application is unsuccessful

Applications for the Kickstart Scheme closed at midday on 17 December 2021.

Check if you’re eligible for funding from other employment schemes.

Employers who want to apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant after midday on 17 December 2021

It is not possible to:

  • apply for a new Kickstart Scheme grant
  • add more jobs to an existing grant agreement

Check if you’re eligible for funding from other employment schemes.

Get in touch with the Kickstart Scheme

Contact your local or national Kickstart Scheme contact if you have questions about the Kickstart Scheme.

Published 5 October 2021
Last updated 8 January 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated page as the deadline for grant agreements to be signed and returned has now passed.

  2. Updated page to say applications for Kickstart Scheme funding closed at midday on 17 December 2021.

  3. Added deadlines for completing Kickstart Scheme tasks.

  4. First published.