Non-statutory cash grants available for individuals experiencing hardship in the UK.
UK-wide Hardship Grants
Grants to support people experiencing financial hardship that have no restrictions on who they can help. The small grants are used for getting over a short time crisis. You can apply for funds for white goods, essential household items, baby needs, and more. Glasspool grants cannot be applied for by the client directly, they must go through a third-party organisation that operates in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland. Examples include statutory organisations that provide a health care, social care or advice service or citizens advice bureaux.
The General Welfare Fund provides small grants up to £500 to individuals, regardless of their faith or cultural background, who are in financial hardship or need, because of poverty, deprivation, or disadvantage.Funding is available for a range of goods and services that would better the beneficiary’s
circumstances and situation, and help them break out of the vicious cycle of poverty. To be eligible to apply, you must be living in the UK and have British citizenship.
Regional Hardship Grants
Cash grants to help families with children (aged 21 and under) who are suffering extreme hardship, including the impact of the Coronavirus. Applications must be endorsed and submitted by a sponsor such as social workers, health care professionals, teachers, clergy, and third sector organisations.
Funds available for essential grants to families living in the Diocese of Plymouth who are struggling as a result of Covid-19.
The Emily Bolitho Trust (Borough of Penzance)
Administered by Cornwall Community Foundation to support the wellbeing of individuals, especially those faced with hardship through poor health or low income living within the old borough of Penzance including Gulval, Mousehole, Paul, Newlyn, Ludgvan, Marazion and Madron.
Grants of £100 for individuals to support essential and basic needs. Recipients will remain anonymous and their personal details never be published across any of our marketing or to donors. Currently closed: reopens November 2021.
Support to help people stay warmer and be lifted out of fuel poverty.
Funds to support young individuals and those struggling to stay warm.
Grants to aid those in unpaid, informal caring roles.
Specific Hardship Grants
Family Fund offers grants for those who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child. They provide funds for a range of things.
Sure Start Maternity Grant
A one-off payment of £500 towards the cost of having a child. Especially for those who are expecting a first child, or expecting a multiple birth (such as twins) and have children already.
Grants and support for women on low incomes who have specific needs and are struggling to make ends meet or trying to overcome financial problems. For women aged 18 or over, have savings under £2000 and in receipt of all the benefits you are entitled to.
Funding to support those challenged by abuse, addiction, young carers and those without a safe place to call home
Grants up to £300 to young carers and up to £1,000 for young adult carers
Support for unpaid carers registered wit ha Carers Trust Network Partner
Profession Specific Hardship Grants
Individuals could be eligible for a grant/advice service if currently working in construction or have done so previously.
Eligible for people who have worked in the construction industry for more than 5 years who fit the eligibility criteria.
Support for past and present employees of the home improvement industry
To help to ease the burden of financial pressure for thousands of serving and ex-serving personnel every year.
Number of different grants available.
Help for children of merchant navy seafarers, professional sea-going fishermen and RNLI lifeboat crew members.
Help and support to existing and past service personnel and their families, including a range of services.
For seasonal Drinks industry workers on zero hours contracts or who have been made redundant or have been given notice of redundancy.
Supporting all grocery colleagues in their time of need including manufacturing, supermarkets, independents, wholesalers, distribution, sales, and all support functions.
For those working in the UK hospitality industry or have for a five-year period in their working life. Also those who have worked for one year within the last two years and have recently lost their job/hours due to Covid-19.
The Book Trade Charity provide care and support to former, current, and future individuals with work in the book trade industry.
Short term hardship grants, practical advice and emotional support to licensed trade people. Eligible to those who, or a member of their family, work or have worked in the licensed drinks trade for a total of 5 years continuously.
Help with general living costs, household appliances, urgent repairs, disability equipment and adaptations, and funeral costs for members of UNISON for at least four weeks and up-to-date with subscriptions.
Emergency Service Workers
and Medical Professionals
Support services available to serving or retired ambulance staff and their close family members.
Help for doctors and medical students who are in financial difficulties. The Fund particularly welcomes applications from refugee doctors.
Support for GP's and their dependents for those suffering from financial hardship or those who are facing it in the immediate future.
For current and former care workers employed in the UK social care sector in a role that is involved in or supports the provision of adult, elderly or disability care.
Help for nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship.
Help for registered nurses in financial need, who work or have worked in the community for a minimum of three years.
Grants open to doctors, medical students and their families who are facing financial hardship
Help for individuals or their partners working in or retired from the education sector and suffering financial problems caused by unemployment, ill health, sudden life events, bereavement or a personal injury.
Help available to teachers, teaching assistants, nursery workers, caretakers and lunch supervisors who have worked within the education sector for at least five years. Grant can be used to help with bills, household costs, travel or other essentials.
Help for individuals to overcome significant life events that may impact on financial, family, mental and physical well-being and ability to sustain rail employment. For example, illness and health issues or unexpected expenditure.
Support to people who work, or have ever worked, for an ABTA Member. Spouses/partners, widows/widowers and children of employees are also eligible.
Help for parents and carers who have worked in the UK fashion or textile industry for at least one year in the last nine, and whose household income has reduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Financial support to exceptionally talented young musicians under 19 years of age who are in financial hardship and unable to meet the expenses involved in learning a musical instrument. This may mean contributing towards the cost of lessons, helping to pay for a new instrument, paying for summer school, or orchestra fees.
Small grants to members of the theatrical profession and their dependents in the UK who, due to old age or ill health, are experiencing hardship, ill-health or disability. The Fund also supports charities connected with theatrical entertainers and will fund equipment in hospitals.
Grants to musicians below the age of 25 years.
Other Profession Specific Grants
Support for current and former insurance employees and their dependants in the UK and Ireland, experiencing difficult life events such as ill health, disability, tragedy, depression, financial problems, and redundancy.
Support to Anglican clergy (serving and retired) and ordinands, and their families, in the UK & Ireland. They can help with wellbeing grants, health grants, and emergency grants for times of unexpected financial difficulty.
Financial support to UK merchant seafarers and fishers affected by the coronavirus pandemic - predominantly focused on providing support to retired seafarers, or those suffering with health issues.
Practical, emotional and financial support for those in the print, paper, packaging, publishing, and graphic arts sectors.
Grants up to £500 for individuals facing exceptional difficulty in meeting the cost of further education expenses either for adults or their children who are studying: Architecture and design, Further education in field of crafts, Promotion of crafts, and Social welfare and care.
Grants for Seafarers in need.
Grants up to £1,000 for first degree students under 35 years old
Grants up to £1,500 to study on accredited vocational training
Grants for present or past civil servants or those who work for an organisation funded by a government department
Grants for members or family of the ICE
Financial support for workers in the UK furnishing industry
Financial assistance for those who have worked in the shore trade
Page Updated: December 2020
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