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Are you affected by the floods and bad
weather that parts of the UK has had in the past few days? If you
have no money available to meet the immediate short-term needs of
you and your family, you could be eligible for a Crisis Loan from
the Social Fund (now abolished - see local welfare provision for replacement
Depending on your circumstances, background and needs, you
could also be eligible for help from a charitable fund.
Charitable funds give grants to people in financial need who
meet their eligibility criteria, using a sum of money that the
grant-giving charity that has set aside for this purpose.
This section explains more about how they work.
They are run by charities that have grant giving as part of
their aims and objectives.
Although some grant-giving charities have only one fund, others
run several funds that give money for different purposes.
In most cases, charitable funds have been set up to assist
people in financial need who have something in common, such as:
Particular disabilities or illnesses Jobs or industries that a
person is currently or was previously working in Faiths
Nationalities Living in a particular area of the UK Trying to
manage on a low income A specific age group, e.g. ‘older people’ or
‘children and ‘young people aged under 18’. Very occasionally you
will find that a charitable fund is ‘open to all’. This usually
means that the only qualification you must have to apply for help
is that you are in financial need.
Many funds also help the dependents of people their fund
supports – e.g. their partners, ex-partners or children.
If you are looking for grants or other help from charitable
funds, you can use the Turn2us Grants Search database to search for
The Turn2us Grants Search database contains details of over
3,000 charitable funds that give grants. This includes all
publicly-registered funds that give at least £500 a year to
individuals who may:
be in financial need and have welfare needs be on a low
require help with the costs associated with education and training
You can do this by using the:
Where the charitable fund accepts enquiries through the Turn2us
website, you can also make contact with them directly using our
online enquiry form.
Use the Turn2us Grants Search
Local councils in affected areas may also be able to
provide information, advice or emergency support. You
can find links to local
council websites on the Directgov website (link opens in new
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