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During this time of no contact, you do not have to physically sign this declaration form. You can now complete it by typing in the details. It is crucial that you provide us with your current phone number and email so we can contact you to verify the information contained in this application before we begin our assessment.

The Edinburgh Trust are experiencing a significant increase in applications. Given our limited capacity we request that you submit ALL REQUESTED INFORMATION at the time of submitting your application. Not providing this will result in your application being refused.

Edinburgh Trust Response Fund relating to 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 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: We also strongly advise you to explore Government assistance that may be available to you:

What documents will I need to submit?

To be eligible for the Edinburgh Trust Response Fund 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. What information we request:

  • A current council tax letter showing your name and address.
  • If you are no longer earning at all then you can provide a letter from your employer confirming that you are no longer earning a wage from them due to Covid-19. We will also ask you to provide a bank statement showing your previous earnings (from the month of January or February 2020) and then a current statement showing you are no longer being paid.
  • If you are still earning but have seen a reduction of 50% or more then we will need you to provide a bank statement showing your previous full earnings (from January or February 2020) and then a current statement showing the reduced amount.
  • For self-employed people please provide your most recent tax return, a statement from your business account showing your previous full earnings and then a statement showing the reduced amount. Current bank statement for personal account will also be required for proof of capital/savings.
  • For joint applications, both partners’ bank statements are needed.
  • All bank statements need to show one full month’s transactions.

What happens after I have submitted an online application form?

Once you have submitted your application, you should receive an initial response to your application, either from an automatic email or from a Turn2us staff email address.

If you have not received an email within five working days of submitting the application, please check in your spam/junk folder.

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 don’t receive an email from us after 10 days, unfortunately your application has not been successful and you will not be able to resubmit an application. Therefore it is essential that you submit all the information requested – due to unprecedented demand we do not have the capacity to follow up on missing information.