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How do I make an enquiry or an application to a charitable fund? - Enquiring/Applying to a charitable fund: Frequently asked questions

Once you have found charitable funds that may be able to assist you, the next step is to apply to them for help. This guide explains the steps involved.

Enquiring/Applying to a charitable fund: Frequently asked questions

How quickly will my application be processed?

Charitable funds usually try to reply as quickly as possible to applicants. However, a lot depends on:

  • the resources they have available, in terms of staff and funding
  • what procedures they use to assess your application
  • the necessary checks they need to make.

The charitable fund should be able to advise you how long their application process usually takes.

If successful, how will I receive my grant?

You may be paid by cheque or through a direct bank transfer using a system likes the Bankers Automated Clearing System (BACS).

Some charities also give grants as 'gifts in kind'. This means that they would buy certain items, such as furniture, telephones, televisions or disability equipment on behalf of their beneficiaries – especially if they can get a better price because they are a charity or through buying in bulk.

Sometimes, items such as disability equipment are given as a loan (free of charge or at a low rental cost) rather than as a gift.

The charitable fund will advise you further.

What if my application is refused?

Unfortunately, your application to a charitable fund may be refused. The fund should give you a reason when replying to you.

This may be because:

  • You don't meet the qualifying rules
  • It does not provide grants for the type of help you want
  • You have too much income and/or capital to be eligible for support
  • For some other reason that is specific to the charitable fund you have applied to.

If your application is refused, you could always do another search using the Turn2us Grants Search to see if help might be available to you from other charitable funds, depending on your personal circumstances, background and need.

Unfortunately, in some cases, you may not qualify for help from any organisation listed on our database.

What help is available to help me apply for grants?

Help may be available from:

  • The charitable fund
  • Advisers and health/care professionals (intermediaries) involved in your care
  • Local advisers that you can find by using the Turn2us Find an Adviser tool.

See Help to apply for more information.

Last updated: 28 March 2018




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