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Find Benefits and Grants

You could be missing out on financial help available to you through welfare benefits or grants. Our free and easy-to-use Benefits Calculator and Grants Search tools can help you check what you might be able to claim or apply for.

Benefits Calculator

Check benefit entitlement

Use the Benefits Calculator

Using the Turn2us Benefits Calculator

Who can use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator?

Although most people living in the UK can use our Benefits Calculator, it does not work out entitlement to benefits for the following groups of people because special rules apply and the estimates may not be correct.

If you fall into one of these groups, you can use the Turn2us Find an Adviser tool to find someone locally who can advise you on your particular circumstances.

Students

If you are a student see our Studying (aged 16+) section for more information about benefit entitlement.

People aged under 18

If you are single and aged 16-17, or are in a couple where both of you are aged 16-17, see our Young Person (aged 16-17) section for more information about benefit entitlement.

If you are under 18 but your partner is older than 18, then you can use the Benefits Calculator to check entitlement to:

You will need to enter that the younger partner is aged 18. The result may not be accurate for other benefits where different rates may apply if you have a partner aged under 18.

People who are permanently in residential care, a nursing home or hospital

If you, your partner or one of your children live in a residential care home, nursing home, or are in hospital, see our Benefits and hospital guide or Benefits and care homes guide for more information about benefit entitlement.

Prisoners

If you or your partner are in prison see our Prisoner section for more information about benefit entitlement.

People on strike

If you or your partner are on strike see the Gov.UK information on industrial action for more information (link opens in a new window)

People who are not British or Irish citizens

If you or your partner are not a British or Irish citizen the first question of the Benefits Calculator will confirm your nationality or immigration status and advise you on whether you will need specialist advice.

See our Migrant section for more information about benefits entitlement.

UK nationals who live abroad

If you are a UK national who lives abroad, you should read the Gov.UK information on claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad for more information (link opens in a new window)

How do I use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator?

It can be complicated to work out what benefits you might be entitled to so the Turn2us Benefits Calculator will do this for you.

The calculator will ask you a series of questions across no more than five steps to gather the information needed to work out your possible benefits entitlement.

The questions may have answer options to choose from or may have an empty box for you to input your answer. It is designed to be an easy to use tool but if you do need help with any question you’ll find clear instructions and support by clicking on the '?' icon next to that question.

If you answer all the questions as accurately as possible the calculator will quickly build up a picture of your possible benefits entitlement. The results page will tell you which means-tested benefits and Tax Credits you may be entitled to, how much you may receive and how to make a claim.

You should make a claim for any benefits that it suggests you might be entitled to.

What information do I need to complete a benefit calculation?

Before you start to use our Benefits Calculator, we suggest that you collect together the information that you need to answer the questions that you will be asked as you work your way through it.

This includes:

  • Details of all your income, e.g. benefits, tax credits, earnings from employment, State Retirement Pension and occupational pensions.
  • If you are married, in a civil partnership or living with someone as a couple, you will need details of your partner’s income as well. We need to know this as your benefit entitlement will be assessed as a couple.
  • Details of how much money you have in savings, investments and other capital.
  • How much your annual council tax bill is and whether you get any discounts, reductions or exemptions
  • Details of your rent or mortgage payments
  • Information about anyone else living with you, e.g. grown-up children. Are they in employment or on benefits? What is their income?
  • Whether anyone receives Carer's Allowance for looking after you or anyone else in your household.

You may find it helpful to use our Benefits Calculator checklist to collect the information you need.

If you do not have the exact information, it is possible to complete the process using estimates, but please be aware that the result may not be accurate if estimates are used.

You can save the calculation at any point and come back to it later if needed.

Which benefits does the Turn2us Benefits Calculator cover?

The Turn2us Benefits Calculator indicates your possible entitlement to the following benefits and gives you an estimate of the amount you may receive:

You can click on a benefit below to get more details

The Turn2us Benefits Calculator indicates possible eligibility to the following benefits and other help but does not calculate estimates of the amount you might receive:

You can click on a benefit or other help below to get more details

*If you tell the calculator that you are already claiming one of the benefits marked with an asterisk (*) the calculator will include extra amounts in other benefits that may be available to you.

Search for Grants

Search for a grant

Use the Grants Search tool

Using the Turn2us Grants Search

How do charitable funds and grants work?

Charitable funds are run by grant-giving charities to give grants to people in financial need.

In most cases, charitable funds have been set up to assist people in financial need who have something in common.

See the Turn2us About charitable funds guide for more information on how they work.

 

How do I use the Turn2us Grants Search?

Our Grants Search database makes searching for grants much easier.

It contains details of 3,000 charitable funds that give grants for welfare or educational purposes.

In many cases, you can also make online enquiries to charitable funds through the Turn2us website.

You can use the Turn2us Grants Search to build up a picture of your background and situation to find possible charitable funds that may be able to help

See the Turn2us How do I search for help using the Turn2us Grants Search guide for more information.

What information do I need to do a grants search?

Before you start to use our Grants Search database, we suggest that you collect together the information that you will need if you decide to make an enquiry or application to a charitable fund - for yourself or on behalf of someone else. This will also help you when you are searching for grants.

Read our checklist of information needed to make an enquiyr/application to a charitable fund

How do I apply to a charitable fund for a grant?

Each charitable fund has its own enquiry and application process that applicants asking for help have to follow.

However in most cases, there are two stages involved:

  • Making an initial enquiry
  • Submitting a formal application for help

See the Turn2us How do I make an enquiry or application to a charitable fund guide for more information.