Guidance Notes - Please read very carefully
Our individual grants are aimed at those experiencing poverty or hardship.
We know that you may be applying to us as a last resort, we will therefore strive to ensure that your application is processed efficiently and that your experience is as positive as possible. However our funds are limited, so to maximise your chances of success please check that you are eligible and follow our guidance carefully.
How much can I apply for?
Our average award last year was £360.00 in value. Our awards are normally made in the form of e-vouchers, a bank transfer direct to a supplier, or through our own suppliers. If you apply for a much larger amount you are unlikely to be successful.
Who can apply?
You must meet the minimum criteria listed below and supply a statement or letter of support from a professional person (referrer) who knows you and your circumstances well. This could be a CAB Advisor, Housing Officer, Charity Worker, Money Advisor, GP or other professional person.
We are also happy to receive applications from referrers on behalf of an individual.
Please note - households can only receive one award in any 12 month period to a maximum of three in any five year period.
There are other organisations which may be able to help.
Lightening Reach - free online portal that connects financial support from various sources to the people that need it, quickly and securely - Visit website here >
Turn 2 Us - free Benefits Calculator; Grants Search; details about Turn2us' direct grant-giving funds; and links to other sources of information and help - Visit website here >
The Association of Charitable Organisations - free directory of benevolent organisations which make grants. These are especially relevant if you have worked in a particular trade or industry - Visit website here >