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Many charities will give grants to families in order to help
with things like specialist equipment, therapies, essential items,
and holidays. This can range from small local charities to large
national organisations such as The Family
Before looking into grants or funding, you might be better taking our
Turn2Us benefits check to make sure you're claiming what you're
Find out about grants and financial help by using our Turn2Us
grants search tool.
We have a summary list of charities that offer grants and
funding for certain occupations, disabilities or geographical
areas. Many charities do not accept applications directly from
individual families and you may need a professional such as a GP,
teacher or social worker to make the initial application.
Please check eligibility criteria before applying for any
Many councils have a scheme offering financial assistance to
low-income families in need. This may take the form of a grant, a
loan or assistance in kind.
In England the type of help available and who qualifies varies
from council to council. Ask your local Citizens Advice whether
there is a welfare assistance scheme in your area and how you
In Scotland there is a nationwide system of grants under the Scottish
Welfare Fund. In Wales there is the Discretionary
Assistance Fund and in Northern Ireland the
Discretionary Support scheme.
If you have been in receipt of certain means tested benefits for
at least six months, you can apply for an interest-free budgeting
loan from JobCentre Plus to meet the costs of certain essential
items. Budgeting loans have been replaced by
budgeting advances for those on Universal Credit.
Any help that you get from a budgeting loan or a budgeting
advance needs to be repaid from your ongoing benefit payments. This
will be done gradually over time.
You might be eligible for the Council Tax Disability Reduction
Scheme or a Council Tax discount.
See more information about help with Council
People on certain benefits may be eligible for a grant if they
are responsible for the costs of a funeral or have recently given
birth or adopted a child.
Find out more about Funeral Expenses
Find out more about Sure Start
Maternity Grant (not in Scotland)
Find out more about Pregnancy
and Baby Grant (Scotland only)