All available funds have been allocated in this financial year and so the Trust is not currently making grants for individuals. Further funds will be available in April.
All applications on behalf of individuals must be made by an eligible organisation. Applications will not be accepted from individuals and, due to limited staff time and the number of applications received, the Trust is unable to acknowledge receipt of applications from individuals.
All applications must be made online. When the Trust is making grants there will be a link to the form on this page.
Applicant organisations must be supporting the individual or family and capable of assessing their needs.
Eligible organisations include social services, housing association support services, probation services, charities such as Citizens Advice Bureau, Family Action, schools and children’s centres or cancer and other support charities.
The Trust receives far more applications than it is able to approve with limited funds. In order to give your client the best chance of receiving a grant the Trust suggests that you include as much information in the Background section of the application form as possible. For example,
- Describe the family background or the events that led to the crisis situation
- Highlight some of the issues the individual or family is facing, in addition to poverty
- Indicate whether the individual or family is engaging with support services
- If the individual suffers from addiction issues, indicate whether and how long s/he has been in recovery
A list of physical ailments will not be sufficient.
Applications received online usually take about two weeks for assessment. If unsuccessful the applicant organisation will be notified by email of the outcome and if successful a BACS transfer will be made to the organisation. Payments are usually made at the end of each month. The Trust prefers to make payment by BACS and the applicant organisation should include its bank details on the application form.
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
Grants are not made for:
- rent, bills or council tax
- bankruptcy or DRO fees
- overseas respite breaks
- driving lessons
Eligible organisations must be able to accept a bank transfer on behalf of the individual and agree to administer the grant and monitor expenditure to ensure that the grant is used for the items requested.
In general, community nurses or GP surgeries are unable to accept payment.
Alternatively the Trust can make payment directly to a supplier.
Payments will not be made to individuals and applications requesting payment to an individual will be declined automatically.