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Discretionary Assistance Fund

The Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF) provides grants to people in Wales. Grants do not need to be paid back.

1. What is the Discretionary Assistance Fund?

The Discretionary Assistance Fund gives grants to people who live in Wales. It gives grants to people who

  • Need help to live independently in the community; or
  • Have experienced an emergency or a disaster.

Grants do not need to be paid back. 

There are two types of assistance available from the fund:

  • The Individual Assistance Payment, which helps vulnerable people live independently in the community, and
  • The Emergency Assistance Payment, which helps people who are in financial need because they have experienced an emergency or a disaster.

There is no set amount that you will receive from the fund. The amount you get, if you receive an award, will depend on your needs.

Applies to: Wales

Age rules: You must be aged 16 or over

Type of benefit: Means tested

Taxable: No

Administered by: Northgate Information Solutions, Family Fund Trading and Wrexham Country Borough Council

2. Can I get help from the Discretionary Assistance Fund?

The Individual Assistance Payment (IAP)

To be eligible to apply for this, you, or the person you care for must be getting either:

You, or the person you care for, must also be:

  • Leaving an institution such as a hospital, care home or prison after having lived there for three or more consecutive months (or on a frequent or regular basis), or

  • Planning to care for someone leaving an institution as described above and neither of you can afford to meet their needs, or

  • Needing help that could stop admittance to an institution, or

  • Part of a planned resettlement after a period of homelessness or leaving supported accommodation, or

  • Experiencing exceptional and urgent pressures on your household, for example, due to domestic violence, chronic illness, disability or an accident, or

  • In need of help with a one-off or short-term travel expense which is essential to you continuing to live independently.

The Emergency Assistance Payment (EAP)

To be eligible to apply for this, you must:

  • Not have the money to meet your needs which have come about as a result of the emergency or disaster, and

  • Have no other way to get the money, and

  • Think there will be serious damage or risk to your family's health and safety if you don't get awarded an Emergency Assistance Payment.

3. How do I apply to the Discretionary Assistance Fund?

You will usually need support from your local authority or another organisation such as a housing association to make a claim to the Discretionary Assistance Fund. 

You can find your local authority's contact details using the Gov.Wales website.

If you decide to apply direct to the Discretionary Assistance Fund, you can use the Discretionary Assistance Fund form on the Gov.Wales website.




Updated: February 2020

4. How do I challenge a Discretionary Assistance Fund decision?

If you are not happy with the way your application was dealt with, or with the decision made, you can consider making a complaint or asking for a review of the decision.

You can find information on how to request a review of the decision on the website.