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For some young people, making an application to the Transition Fund may seem daunting. But don’t worry, below are some tips on how you can ace the most important parts of the application!

Get personal

We love getting to know young people through their application forms, so this is your chance to let us know all about you! Add some personality to your application form and tell us what makes you, you! We need to know  how your disability affects your day-to-day life, what barriers you face and exactly how much support you already receive. The more personal you make your application form, the better it will be!

Make sure your support letter is personal too

If you are receiving DLA or PIP, we ask you to provide your most recent DLA or PIP letter.

If you are not in receipt of DLA or PIP, we ask you to provide a supporting letter from a professional (who knows you well)  to confirm your disability or impairment. Download our support letter template (available here in Word format) and pass it to the professional to complete.

As your diagnostic paperwork can sometimes be out of date and can’t give us a full picture of your disability, we cannot accept this on its own.

Show passion for your goal

What do YOU want to do? Why do YOU want to do it? What difference will it make to YOUR life? We want to know as much detail as possible about your chosen goal and what you plan to do to reach it. You can be as creative as you like, we have received applications in many different forms, including PowerPoint presentations and videos! We have lots of case studies available on this website to give you inspiration.

Remember to include important information

We can only process an application once we have all the information we need. So the sooner we receive this, the quicker we can start processing your application.

Important things that applicants often forget are:

  • An up-to-date DLA or PIP letter.
  • Supporting Letters.
  • Quotes for every item or activity requested, e.g. a dated, written, estimate for an activity or a link to a costed item on a website.

If we do not have all the relevant information we may not be able to process your application.

Will you need help with managing your funding if successful?

When filling our your application form, it is useful to consider if you would like someone to help manage your funding if you are successful.

ILF Scotland use a company called ICMS to help Transition Fund applicants manage their award if they choose this option.

If you would like ICMS to help manage your funding, please mention this with your application so ILF Scotland can take this into account while processing your application.

If in doubt, give us a call

Need help with something in the application form? Not sure how to get a quote for a specific activity or item? Give us a call! Our specialist team are a friendly bunch and are experts in all things Transition Fund. If you need help with something or need to ask a question, we encourage you to give us a quick call on 0300 200 2022 so we can help you along with your application.

Alternatively, just drop us an email at and someone will get back to you as soon as possible!


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