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 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. Further information is available in our FAQs.
Our application process has two stages. Stage 1 - Complete Application Form, Stage 2 - Connect to Open Banking.
How much can I apply for?
Our average grant award last year was £360.00 in value. If you apply for a much larger amount you are very unlikely to be successful. Our grant awards are normally made in the form of e-vouchers, bank transfer or direct to a supplier.
Who can apply?
You can apply for yourself or refer someone else.
If you are applying for yourself 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.
If you are referring someone else you must be a professional person (referrer) and know the applicant and their circumstances well.
Please note - households can only receive one grant 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.
Lightning 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 >