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Use our free and easy-to-use Benefits Calculator and Grants Search tools to check what benefits you might be able to claim and what grants you might be able to apply for.

Find out more about Turn2us grant-giving funds - the Turn2us Elizabeth Finn Fund, Turn2us Edinburgh Trust and Turn2us Response Fund.

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Check benefit entitlement

Check which means-tested benefits you may be entitled to, including tax credits.

Use the Benefits Calculator
Search for Grants

Search for a grant

Look for funds that might be able to give you a grant and/or other types of help.

Use the Grants Search tool
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Turn2us funds

Read about Turn2us direct grant funds, including the Elizabeth Finn Fund.

Find out about our grants

Using the Benefits Calculator

Who can use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator?

Although most people living in the UK can use our Benefits Calculator, it does not work out entitlement to benefits for the following groups of people because special rules apply and the estimates may not be correct.

If you fall into one of these groups, you can use the Turn2us Find an Adviser tool to find someone locally who can advise you on your particular circumstances.


If you are a student see our Studying (aged 16+) section for more information about benefit entitlement.

People aged under 18

If you are single and aged 16-17, or are in a couple where both of you are aged 16-17, see our Young Person (aged 16-17) section for more information about benefit entitlement.

If you are under 18 but your partner is older than 18, then you can use the Benefits Calculator to check entitlement to:

You will need to enter that the younger partner is aged 18. The result may not be accurate for other benefits where different rates may apply if you have a partner aged under 18.

People who are permanently in residential care, a nursing home or hospital

If you, your partner or one of your children live in a residential care home, nursing home, or are in hospital, see our Benefits and hospital guide or Benefits and care homes guide for more information about benefit entitlement.


If you or your partner are in prison see our Prisoner section for more information about benefit entitlement.

People on strike

If you or your partner are on strike see the Gov.UK information on industrial action for more information (link opens in a new window)

People who are not British or Irish citizens

If you or your partner are not a British or Irish citizen the first question of the Benefits Calculator will confirm your nationality or immigration status and advise you on whether you will need specialist advice.

Republic of Ireland and other areas

Citizens of the Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands  are not able to use the Benefits Calculator as the benefits system in these territories is different to the UK system.

See our Migrant section for more information about benefits entitlement for Non-British and Irish Citizens

UK nationals who live abroad

If you are a UK national who lives abroad, you should read the Gov.UK information on claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad for more information (link opens in a new window)

Commercial use

Turn2us is a charity and can only provide free support to those who need it thanks to the generosity of those that support our work. Whilst our services are free to individuals, family and friends for personal non-commercial use, charges apply for commercial, public sector organisations, housing associations and large charities.

If you would like to use the Benefits Calculator to provide such services, or find out more about our advanced Intermediaries Calculator for professionals, please visit our commercial relationships page.

How do I use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator?

It can be complicated to work out what benefits you might be entitled to so the Turn2us Benefits Calculator will do this for you.

The calculator will ask you a series of questions across no more than five steps to gather the information needed to work out your possible benefits entitlement.

The questions may have answer options to choose from or may have an empty box for you to input your answer. It is designed to be an easy to use tool but if you do need help with any question you’ll find clear instructions and support by clicking on the '?' icon next to that question.

If you answer all the questions as accurately as possible the calculator will quickly build up a picture of your possible benefits entitlement. The results page will tell you which means-tested benefits and Tax Credits you may be entitled to, how much you may receive and how to make a claim.

You should make a claim for any benefits that it suggests you might be entitled to.

What information do I need to complete a benefit calculation?

Before you start to use our Benefits Calculator, we suggest that you collect together the information that you need to answer the questions that you will be asked as you work your way through it.

This includes:

  • Details of all your income, e.g. benefits, tax credits, earnings from employment, State Retirement Pension and occupational pensions.
  • If you are married, in a civil partnership or living with someone as a couple, you will need details of your partner’s income as well. We need to know this as your benefit entitlement will be assessed as a couple.
  • Details of how much money you have in savings, investments and other capital.
  • How much your annual council tax bill is and whether you get any discounts, reductions or exemptions
  • Details of your rent or mortgage payments
  • Information about anyone else living with you, e.g. grown-up children. Are they in employment or on benefits? What is their income?
  • Whether anyone receives Carer's Allowance for looking after you or anyone else in your household.

You may find it helpful to use our Benefits Calculator checklist to collect the information you need.

If you do not have the exact information, it is possible to complete the process using estimates, but please be aware that the result may not be accurate if estimates are used.

You can save the calculation at any point and come back to it later if needed.

Which benefits does the Turn2us Benefits Calculator cover?

The Turn2us Benefits Calculator indicates your possible entitlement to the following benefits and gives you an estimate of the amount you may receive:

You can click on a benefit below to get more details

The Turn2us Benefits Calculator indicates possible eligibility to the following benefits and other help but does not calculate estimates of the amount you might receive:

You can click on a benefit or other help below to get more details

*If you tell the calculator that you are already claiming one of the benefits marked with an asterisk (*) the calculator will include extra amounts in other benefits that may be available to you.

Using the Grants Search

How do charitable funds and grants work?

Charitable funds are run by grant-giving charities to give grants to people in financial need.

In most cases, charitable funds have been set up to assist people in financial need who have something in common.

See the Turn2us About charitable funds guide for more information on how they work.


How do I use the Turn2us Grants Search?

Our Grants Search database makes searching for grants much easier.

It contains details of charitable funds that give grants for welfare or educational purposes.

You will find funds that may help you based on your current or previous circumstances e.g. occupation, health situation etc. . 

See the Turn2us How do I search for help using the Turn2us Grants Search guide for more information.

What information do I need to do a grants search?

Before you start to use our Grants Search database, we suggest that you collect together the information that you will need if you decide to make an enquiry to a charitable fund - for yourself or on behalf of someone else. This will also help you when you are searching for grants.

Read our checklist of information needed to make an enquiry/application to a charitable fund

Who can use the Grants Search?

The Turn2us Grants Search contains information on charitable funds that may help:

  • UK citizens living in the UK
  • Citizens of other countries living in the UK
  • UK citizens living abroad
  • Irish citizens living in Ireland or sometimes abroad
  • Citizens of other countries living in Ireland
  • Students who are UK citizens or normally resident in the UK
  • Students from other countries wanting to study in the UK.

Isle of Man and Channel Islands

The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are not part of the UK and have their own governments, benefits system and charity registration schemes.

Although our Grants Search does not list charities that specifically help people in the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, many national charities, such as occupational and health related funds, may help people who live in these territories. Contact any funds you find that seem to match your background, needs and circumstances for more information.

Our Find an Adviser tool includes information on advisory organisations for the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. These may be able to provide you with more information about local organisations.

How do I apply to a charitable fund for a grant?

Each charitable fund has its own enquiry and application process that applicants asking for help have to follow.

However in most cases, there are two stages involved:

  • Making an initial enquiry
  • Submitting a formal application

See the Turn2us How do I make an enquiry or application to a charitable fund guide for more information.

Will a grant affect my benefits?

It is best to check with the charity if this is the case. Generally the answer will be no but there are situations in which this will be the case.

The charity giving you a grant will have details of your circumstances and be able to advise you based on all of the information they have gathered about you

Turn2us grant funds

Does Turn2us have its own grant funds?

Yes. Turn2us has three funds:

Each one has its own qualifying rules (eligibility criteria) and application processes. Click on the links above to find out more about each one.

What is the Turn2us Elizabeth Finn Fund?

The Elizabeth Finn Fund has been giving direct grants and support for over a century to people living in financial difficulty who have a professional background and meet our grant-giving criteria.

We give grants to people who hold or have formerly held occupations requiring a certain level of responsibility and education, or whose partners have done so. We can award grants to people from over 120 different professions whose work history includes employment in a role which requires a degree; NVQ level 4 or above; or equivalent.

The grants we give help make a difference to an individual or family’s life and improve their living conditions.

Find out more about the Turn2us Elizabeth Finn Fund

What is the Turn2us Edinburgh Trust?

The Turn2us Edinburgh Trust provides grants to people struggling financially living in the City of Edinburgh. Our funds are dedicated entirely to helping local people on low incomes.

Find out more about the Turn2us Edinburgh Trust

What is the Turn2us Response Fund?

The Turn2us Response Fund gives targeted support to assist individuals to meet the challenges posed by a life-changing event (for example, bereavement, job loss, illness or disability) which has happened in the last 12 months and help them to improve their situation.

Find out more about the Turn2us Response Fund

Logging on guides

Read our guides and frequently asked questions about logging onto and using Turn2us accounts.

Find out how to log onto your account

Information and help

Read our benefits and grants information pages and find out what other support is available.

Access our information and help pages

Turn2us workshops

Working with people in financial need? Attend a half day workshop to learn more about our tools.

Find out more about our workshops