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How to search - Tips for searching

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.

Tips for searching

Whose details?

  • 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.

  • Many funds also help the dependents of people their fund supports – e.g. their partners, ex-partners or children. Make sure you search on details for the person needing help's partner/spouse/ex-partner/ex-spouse, where relevant, as well as those related to the individual.

  • If you are searching for help for a dependant child, search on the parents'/guardians' details as well as those related to the child. Charities may help based on

    • Child's circumstances

    • Parents'/guardians' background and situation

    • Family as a whole.

For example: Fashion & Textile Children's Trust helps children and young people in need who have a parent who work or have recently worked in the UK fashion and textile industry. To find their details, you would have to select the 'Fashion/textiles' option on the occupational filter even if you have are searching on the child's details.


  • You do not have to fill in every filter - apart from postcode, gender and age which are required fields

  • You can remove and add details at any time

  • The more information about yourself that you are able to use, the more accurate the matches you will find. So think about every aspect of your background and circumstances

  • If you don't find what you want first time, refine your search by adding and removing search criteria. You are likely to see different results.


  • Few people have ‘careers for life’ these days, so when searching for help from occupational charitable funds, think about all the jobs that you have had in your working life. For instance, if you have served in the Armed Forces, even though this was some years ago, during the Second World War or as national service, it is likely that you will qualify for help from one of their charitable funds.

  • Also think about the trades, industries or companies you have worked in as some occupational grant-giving charities have eligibility criteria based on these rather than the type or level of job a person did. For instance, the Bank Workers Charity, GroceryAid and the Retail Trust.

  • There are also trade union charities that help members and/or ex-members.  These include Unison and Unite. If they don't come up when you select categories from the occupational filter, do a keyword search on the name of the union.

Other eligibility criteria

  • There are charitable funds set up to help in ways you might not expect. So think of as many aspects of your life as possible that might help you qualify for help from a charitable fund. For example, there are some Scottish clan-based charities that help people with particular surnames; funds that help freemasons and their dependents; Irish charities that help people who went to a particular school. These can be found by doing keyword searches.

  • When you finish your search and get a list of funds that may be able to help you, check their qualifying rules again before making an enquiry. This is because you may find your search results contain some that will not be able to help you. The secret is to find a connection between your background or circumstances and the group of people the charities help.

Updated: 25 January 2019