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In debt? Find help available through benefits, grants and debt advice services.


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Most charitable funds do not settle debts. The small number that do, in certain circumstances, will generally only consider priority debts - such as mortgages, rent, energy bills, court costs and tax.

Debt solutions: Debt Relief Orders (DROs) or Bankruptcy Fees

If you are looking for help with the cost of Debt Relief Orders (DROs) or bankruptcy fees, help may be available to you from some charitable funds, if you meet the qualifying rules (eligibility criteria) for their help.

Where a charitable fund might give help towards the cost of DROs or bankruptcy fees, they will only consider this if you have received debt advice from a recognised debt advice agency (see Advice and Support below) and have considered all the options available to you.

Debt advice services from charitable funds

Some charitable funds listed on our Grants Search also provide debt advice services.

Use our Grants Search

To find out what help may be available from charitable funds, you can use the Turn2us Grants Search

Our Grants Search does not tag charitable fund schemes by 'debt', 'rent arrears',  "Debt Relief Orders", "DROs", "Bankruptcy" or "Bankruptcy fees".

To find charitable funds that may be able to help you, you need to search on all aspects of your circumstances that may be relevant – e.g. occupation (remember to think about the industries you have worked in as well as the jobs you have had), health conditions, nationality – using the filters of the Grants Search.

Once you have a list of charitable funds based on your search, check the profiles for information on who they help and what they help with.

Some charities give grants according to individual need. If the profile doesn’t specifically state that the charity doesn’t give grants for bankruptcy fees, it may be worth contacting any charities that match your circumstances and background to ask if they can help.

Advice and Support

If you are worried about debt, it is important that you seek advice from a debt advice charity or service. Some sources of debt advice and/or information are listed below.

You may also find it helpful to read the Guest blog Money Advice Trust have written about their debt guide (May 2019).


Tax debt advice for people on low incomes

Tools and/or information

England and Wales



Northern Ireland




Turn2us Find an Adviser tool

You can also use the Find an Adviser tool to find local advisers who will be able to look at your specific circumstances and provide advice.

Updated: June 2020