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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 part of the Grants Search (see screengrab at the bottom of this page) asks you to put in information about your circumstances (and/or those of the person you are seeking help for - a relative, dependent, friend or client).

Required fields (text boxes for you to input information or tick a box)

  • Location (postcode if you live in the UK or tick boxes if you live in the Republic of Ireland or overseas) – This is to give you details of any charities that help people who live where you live

  • Gender – Some of the charities only help one gender. By putting your gender, the Grants Search will filter out any charities that are not relevant

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

Screengrab of the first part of the Turn2us Grants Search

Optional fields (dropdown menus)

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

  • Health: 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. 

Second part of the Turn2us Grants Search

These two fields involve dropdown menus.

You can either start typing an occupation into the text box - for example, 'hairdresser' to bring up any relevant categories (See Screengrab below.)

Screengrab showing the occupation field of the Turn2us Grants Search

Or you can click in the textbox with your cursor and this will bring up the start of the dropdown menu. You can use the scrollbar at the right hand side to move down the list. (See Screengrab below.)

Screengrab showing the dropdown menu and scrollbar for the occupation category of the Turn2us 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.

Carers

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. Many of the health charities listed in health will also help carers of people who have the conditions that they help - for example, MS Society and Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA)

  • 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'.

Next step

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

Tips for searching

  • You may find it helpful to read our checklist of information needed to make an enquiry/application to a charitable fund.

  • Do a search for yourself and a separate one for your partner, ex-partner and/or the child/adult you are caring for. Some charities will provide help based on your partner's/ex-partner's circumstances as well as your own e.g. their occupation or health condition. If you are looking for help for a child, charities may help based on the parents/guardians circumstances, others because of the child's circumstances.  So it is worth doing a search on all relevant circumstances.

  • For more information on grant giving, read our guide to Charitable Funds and Grants

Updated July 2018