You can search online for grants and other financial help:
- Turn2us is a free service that helps people in financial need to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face. The website has a free and easy to use grants search and benefits calculator.
- Grants for Individuals lets you search online for funders and grants if you subscribe.
- Disability Grants has details of charities and trusts which give out grants to disabled people and their families and carers.
How to search for a suitable fund or grant
There is information on charities that support carers and benevolent funds on this website. You can also use the the Turn2us Grants search – make sure you give as much information as you can so you can find all funds that might able to help you, and the person you care for.
- Few people have ‘careers for life’ these days, so think about all the jobs that you have had in your working life. For example, if you served in the Armed Forces years ago it is likely that you will still qualify for help from one of their charitable funds.
- Think about the trades, industries or companies you have worked in as some occupational charities give to people who have worked in a particular trade or profession, regardless of the job they have had.
- Some charities help people with particular surnames or who attended a particular school.
- If you don't find what you want first time, refine your search by adding and removing search criteria. You are likely to see different results.
- When you finish your search and get a list of funds that may be able to help you, check you qualify before making an enquiry.
- Also search for grants and funds for the person you care for. For example, if you are searching for help for a parent that you care for, search on your details and theirs.
When you are ready to apply
When you have found a grant or fund that might be able to help you, the next step is to make an enquiry or apply. There is more information about this is on the Turn2us guide: How do I make an enquiry or an application to a charitable fund?
- Gather all the information you might need before you make an application. See Turn2us Grants Search: Information you may need. This might include bank statements, identification, evidence to show your eligibility and details of any benefits you claim.
- Read the forms and guidance notes carefully to make sure you understand what information you are being asked to provide and include any supporting documentation the fund has asked for. It will help speed up the application process if the fund doesn’t have to ask you to supply missing information.
- Check how the charitable fund likes to receive an enquiry or application. It is no good sending it by email if they want to receive it by post.
- Give the charitable fund the complete picture about your situation. It is important to answer questions about your personal circumstances and provide documentary evidence where required. Charitable funds only ask for information they need to assess your application and will offer you as much support as possible.
If you need help to fill in the forms, ask the fund if they can support you. You could contact your local carer service, or ask another health or social care professional that supports you or the person you care for, to see if they can help. You can also use the Turn2us Find an Adviser tool to find someone who can help you with the form.
Next update due: January 2019