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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?

Most people living in the UK can use our Benefits Calculator. However, it does not work out entitlement to benefits for the following people. This is because special rules apply and the estimates may not be correct.

  • Students
  • Under 18
  • In residential care/a nursing home
  • In hospital
  • Prisoner
  • On strike
  • Not a British/Irish citizen
  • UK National living abroad.

See Who can use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator for more information.

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?

The Benefits Calculator is an easy to use tool that asks you questions to build up a picture of your background and circumstances.

For more information, see Using the Turn2us Benefits Calculator

What information do I need to complete a benefit calculation?

The Benefits Calculator asks questions to build up a picture of your background and circumstances. We suggest you gather together any information you might need to answer the questions before you begin.

See the What information do I need before I do a benefits calculation? page.

Which benefits does the Turn2us Benefits Calculator cover?

The Turn2us Benefits Calculator indicates your possible entitlement to means-tested benefits and Carer's Allowance.

See Which benefits does the Turn2us Benefits Calculator cover? for more information.

Using the Grants Search

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.

 

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.

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

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?

See our section on Charitable funds and benefits for more information.

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, on low incomes, who have a professional background and meet our grant-giving criteria.

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