Individuals

The Trust makes small grants of up to £250 to assist individuals and families in crisis.

The Trust only accepts applications on behalf of individuals from statutory agencies and voluntary organisations which are capable of assessing the needs of the applicant and administering payment of the grant.

Grants are normally only given to support individuals whose poverty is exacerbated by additional misfortune including bereavement, divorce, abuse, homelessness, addiction, disability or ill health. The Trust accepts applications only where there is a proven need as demonstrated by a financial statement.

The Trust makes grants to local authority or voluntary sector organisations across the UK.

The Trust has delegated the principal responsibility for small grants to the Company Secretary.

The maximum grant is £250 and only one grant will be made to an individual or family.

Recipients include:

  • vulnerable young people aged 25 and under living independently who are estranged from their families, orphaned or who have spent time being looked after by the local authority
  • victims of domestic abuse
  • single older people
  • young families or single parents
  • people who are working
  • people suffering from physical or learning disabilities
  • people suffering from physical or mental ill health

Clients with a drug or alcohol dependency must usually be in recovery to be eligible for a grant.

Clients without indefinite leave to remain are unlikely to receive a grant but small grants of £50 may be made to assist those who are destitute.

The Trust would expect all clients to have claimed all eligible benefits and applied to all available local authority discretionary funds.

Grants are made to ensure that an individual’s basic needs are met, such as

  • bed, sofa, table and chairs
  • cooker, fridge/freezer or washing machine
  • kitchen equipment and other essential household items
  • emergency clothing, school uniforms
  • baby equipment.

Occasionally grants are made to assist with

  • Rent deposits
  • Household repairs or adaptations particularly for older or disabled people
  • Travel costs
  • Course fees or training equipment
  • Respite breaks in the UK
  • Mobility equipment

Grants are not normally made where the household income is in excess of £1000 a month.

Grants are not normally made for:

  • Televisions or computers
  • Tumble dryers or dishwashers
  • Carpets unless the individual has a medical need or there is a baby/toddler in the household
  • Curtains

Grants are not made for:

  • Rent or council tax arrears
  • Debts
  • Bankruptcy or DRO fees
  • Overseas respite breaks
  • Driving lessons