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Applying for a grant - Benefits and charitable grants

In this section, you can learn more about how charitable funds work and the support, including grants, that they give to people in financial need.

Benefits and charitable grants

What is the difference between a 'benefit' and a 'grant'?


Benefits (and Tax Credits) are payments made by the Government to people in certain circumstances.

See Your Situation for details of what is available to people in different circumstances.

Grants are sums of money that charitable funds give for specific purposes to people in need who qualify for their help. They are given as a gift or award, so they don’t need to be paid back.

You do not have an entitlement to a grant, even if you meet the qualifying rules of the charitable fund. They are given at the discretion of each charitable fund.

Many charities will ask you about any benefits you are receiving as part of the application process and may ask you to check what you might be eligible for if you aren't already claiming any. You can do this using the Turn2us Benefits Calculator

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