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The Edinburgh Trust

Are you living in Edinburgh and are struggling financially? We might be able to help you.

The Edinburgh Trust is part of the wider national charity Turn2us and we help people in financial hardship within Edinburgh. We do this by giving small, one-off grants.

How we help

We give grants to help people pay for things they vitally need. A grant may cover the cost of living, or buy practical items such as essential white goods, furniture, carpet and flooring. We also help with very basic items such as clothing, fuel costs and removal costs.
We can also help people by sign-posting them to other charities or sources of support, and by doing a basic welfare benefits check.

Who can apply?

Many people come to us after experiencing a huge range of problems such as physical or mental health problems, homelessness, unemployment and other difficult life experiences.
 
Before applying for help you should take a look at our criteria below to see if you, or the person you are applying for, might be eligible for support . After that you can fill out our Edinburgh Trust enquiry form to request an application pack. If we think we can help, we will ask for more information.
 
If at any stage we find we cannot help, we will try to direct you to other charities or organisations that might be able to offer support more suited to your needs.
 
We can help people who:

  • Live within the boundaries of the City of Edinburgh Council local authority area

  • Have less than £10,000 accessible household savings

  • Receive means tested welfare benefits or earnings that result in an annual household income that is below £16,000

We can help with:

Provision of a small one-off grant to meet an identified need

  • Sign-posting to other charities or sources of support

  • A basic welfare benefits check and Turn2us referral

 We cannot help with:

  • Private medical and dental costs

  • Prescription glasses

  • University or school fees

  • Funeral costs

  • Legal fees

  • Loans

  • Business start-up costs or loans

  • Personal debts

  • Funding for full time students

Contact us

If you have any questions please call us on 0131 243 2796 during office hours or email edinburgh@turn2us.org.uk and we will try our best to help you