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Turn2us Grants Guides

If you need help to use our Grants Search or want to know more about charitable funds and grants, read our guides.

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Using the Grants Search

What is a grant?

Charitable funds often give financial help to people in need who qualify for their help in the form of a grant.
This may be a sum of money, given as a gift or award, so it doesn't have to be paid back. Grants can be given as money, products or services.

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.

What is a charitable fund?

Charitable funds give grants to people in financial need who meet their eligibility criteria, using a sum of money that the grant-giving charity has set aside for this purpose.

Some charitable funds also provide other kinds of support and services to the people who they help.

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 country living in the UK
  • UK citizens living abroad
  • 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 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.

Grants and benefits

Most funds will not give a grant if there are welfare benefits you could be claiming.

If you get regular payments from the fund they are not counted as income and will not reduce your benefits.

If you get goods instead (payments in kind), this is ignored as income unless you are getting Income Support or income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and are involved in a trade dispute.

Irregular charitable payments count as capital rather than income.  However, if you are involved in a trade dispute, they can count as income for Income Support (IS) or income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (iJSA).

If an irregular payment takes your capital above the higher capital limit of £16,000, you will lose your entitlement to means-tested benefits, with the exception of Guarantee Pension Credit (GPC). If you are receiving GPC, no capital limit would apply to Housing Benefit.

Whether it is counted as income for tax credits depends on whether the charitable income is taxable. You should inform HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) who would be able to confirm.

You should get advice from a benefits expert on this subject.  You can use our Find an Adviser tool to find a local expert.

Does the Grants Search cover the 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.

What is an Intermediary?

Intermediaries who  work with people in financial need include:

  • Health and social care professionals, such as nurses, GPs, therapists and social workers
  • Advisers from Citizens Advice and other advice organisations
  • Staff and volunteers from charities working with people in financial need
  • Someone who speaks on your behalf (advocate or representative) - for example advocates for people with learning disabilities.

Frequently asked questions

Read frequently asked questions that people ask us about grants and charitable funds.

 

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