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How do I search for help using the Turn2us Grants Search? - Turn2us Grants Search: First search

This section explains how to use the Turn2us Grants Search to find charitable funds that may be able to help you, based on your personal circumstances, background and needs.

Turn2us Grants Search: First search

The first search of the Grants Search is in two stages:

If you are unsure about a question, see the helptext beside each question. There is more information about this on the Helptext and Help page section of this guide.

First page: Location, gender and age

Screengrab showing the first page of the Turn2us Grants Search

The first page of the Turn2us Grants Search asks some initial questions about the person needing help.

These are:

  • Postcode – to check for local funds

  • Republic of Ireland - will filter by grants for people living in the Republic of Ireland

  • Overseas resident - will filter by grants for people living overseas.

  • Gender – to filter out gender-specific grants that are not relevant

  • Age – to filter out grants for specific age groups that are not relevant.

When you have completed these sections, press 'Next'.

Second page of the Grants Search

We ask about your occupations and health because many charities help people who have worked in a particular job or have a certain health condition. These are optional fields that might produce more results for your search.

Screengrab of the Health or Occupationan Filter


Think about the whole of your occupational history including any Armed Forces service.


This is not a complete list of health conditions. It reflects the conditions that at least one charity on our grants search specifically focuses on. There are also quite a few that help people in general who are ill or disabled. So if the one you are looking for isn't included, search on 'Disability' or 'Ill health'.


On our Grants Search, there are charities that help 'carers' who are:

Informal carers (unpaid) who are looking after a family member, partner or friend who is ill, has disabilities or is older.

Professional carers (paid) who work in places such as care homes for the older people and for younger adults, domiciliary care providers who work in day centres, supported living accommodation or people's own homes. To find charities that help this type of carer, select the occupational filter and choose 'Care worker'.

The health section will be concerned with informal carers. Although many charities on our Grants Search that will be specifically tagged with 'unpaid carer' or 'informal carer', a lot of the charities that help people who have specific health conditions will also help their carers. For example, MS Society will help carers of people with multiple sclerosis and the Motor Neurone Disease Association will help carers of people with motor neurone disease.