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The Edinburgh Trust Response Fund Covid-19

Thank you for applying to the Edinburgh Trust Response Fund. The Edinburgh Trust is part of the national charity Turn2us. While the government’s measures will help many in time, we aim to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures of those most in need. The Edinburgh Trust Response Fund relating to Covid-19 is in place to support people who have lost their income as a result of the Coronavirus and to meet their immediate basic household expenses.

What can we help with?

Please note that we are unable to replace your income. We are able to provide a one-off grant towards essential living expenses (food, bills etc.)

Who is the fund for?

We can only help those who are in immediate financial difficulty due to the Coronavirus. You will need to satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • You live in the City of Edinburgh Council Local Authority Area (Postcode EH1-17 and 28-30)
  • You currently have a household income less than £16,000 a year
  • You are over 18 years old
  • You are not a full time student
  • You are self employed or employed and have had a decrease in income or now have no income due to Covid-19
  • You have capital/savings less than £1,000

What happens if I do not meet your criteria?

Please do not make an application to our fund if you do not meet the above criteria. Instead, use the following link to find other charities or organisations that may be able to assist you: https://grants-search.turn2us.org.uk/ We also strongly advise you to explore Government assistance that may be available to you: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

What happens after I have submitted an online application form?

If you have submitted all the information required, and your application is successful, we will notify you by email within 10 working days. Our grants will be paid directly into your bank account.

If you have not received an email from us, unfortunately your application has not been successful and you will not be able to resubmit an application. Therefore it is imperative that you submit all the information requested – due to unprecedented demand we do not have the capacity to follow up on missing information.

What documents will I need to submit?

To be eligible for the Edinburgh Trust Response Fund Covid-19 you will need to have had lost your earnings or have had at least a 50% reduction in your earnings as a result of the Coronavirus. If you are part of a couple, the main applicant needs to be the person who has had the 50% reduction to their income and evidence will be needed to confirm this change of income. Please not that if you live with your partner your application will become a joint application and we need the below for you and your partner. Below is the information we request:

If you have been made redundant or lost your earnings due to covid-19:

  • A current council tax letter showing your name and address.
  • If you are no longer earning at all then you need to provide a letter from your employer confirming that you are no longer earning a wage from them due to Covid-19 or that you have been made redundant due to covid-19.
  • Payslips for the 3 consecutive months before you were made redundant or lost your earnings.
  • A current bank statement for all accounts in your name. ALL STATEMENTS MUST SHOW A FULL MONTH’S TRANSACTIONS.

If you are still working but your earnings have reduced due to Covid-19:

  • A current council tax letter showing your name and address.
  • If your earnings have reduced, we need payslips for the 3 consecutive months before your earnings dropped. Basically we need to see what your earnings were before they reduced due to Covid-19.
  • A current bank statement for all accounts in your name. ALL STATEMENTS MUST SHOW A FULL MONTH’S TRANSACTIONS.

If you are self employed and have lost earnings due to Covid-19:

  • A current council tax letter showing your name and address.
  • Your most recent tax return.
  • A statement from your bank account where your earnings got paid into so we can see your previous full earnings.
  • A current bank statement for all accounts in your name. ALL STATEMENTS MUST SHOW A FULL MONTH’S TRANSACTIONS.

Contact details:

Email: mailto:Edinburgh@turn2us.org.uk
Turn2us Website: https://www.turn2us.org.uk
Edinburgh Trust Webpage: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/Get-Support/Turn2us-Funds/Edinburgh-Trust
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