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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. Also visit our Information Section.

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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

What is a grant?

Grant-giving funds (also known as 'charitable funds') give financial help in the form of a grant to people in need.

Grants can be given as money, products or services that don't have to be paid back. 

Some charities also offer advice, information and support.

Each fund on the Grants Search should tell you what they do, or you can check their website (if they have one) or contact them to find out more.

 To qualify for a grant, you will need to meet the eligibility rules of that fund. 

Who qualifies for a grant?

All charitable funds have:

  • Aims and objectives in their constitutions that must clearly say who they support
  • Specific qualifying rules (or eligibility criteria) that an individual has to meet in order to get help from that fund.

Each fund's qualifying rules will be specific to them.

Financial Need or Low income

You will have to be in financial need or on a low income. This may differ from charity to charity.

Other eligibility criteria (qualifying rules)

The conditions to get a grant from a fund might depend on things such as:

  • Having particular disabilities or illnesses: for example, Macmillan Cancer Support helps people affected by cancer

  • Working or previously worked in specific jobs or industries: for example, the Bank Workers Charity helps people who have worked in banks

  • Living in a particular area of the UK, such as a village, town, city, local council area, county, parish (past or present) or country.

  • Being of a particular age group, e.g. ‘older people’ or ‘children and ‘young people aged under 18’

  • Being male or female, some funds were set up to specifically help men or women in need.

Many funds also help the dependents of people their fund supports – e.g. their partners, ex-partners or dependent children.

Who can use the Grants Search?

The Turn2us Grants Search contains information on charitable funds that may help:

  • UK or Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland
  • Citizens of other countries living in the UK
  • UK citizens living abroad
  • Students who are UK citizens or normally resident in the UK
  • Students from other countries wanting to study in the UK.

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.

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 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 I use the Grants Search?

Many funds give grants based on your circumstances, such as what work you do or did in the past or if you are suffering from a particular health condition. The best way to get these type of funds to show in your results ids to choose from the occupation, health, religion or nationality categories at the top of the results page. 

Charities have very strict  rules on who they can help, so make sure you definitely meet their eligibility criteria before you apply. If you don't meet it they won't be able to help you.

IMPORTANT TIP: It's worth doing a search for yourself, your partner or the child/adult you're caring for - you may get different results for each search.

What information will I need to apply for a grant?

The charity should tell you what you need.  For searching purposes and when applying, it would be best to gather together the following:

  • Personal details like date of birth and address
  • Work history and proof of occupation
  • Reason you are applying for help
  • Details of your income: from benefits including Carer's Allowance, Tax Credits, earnings from employment, State Retirement Pension, occupational pensions and any other sources
  • Details of your savings, investments and other capital. You may need to provide bank statements
  • Details of rent or mortgage payments
  • How much your annual Council Tax bill is and whether you get any help with it

 

How do I apply for a grant?

Each charitable fund will have their own enquiry and application process to follow.

However, in most cases there are usually two stages:

Stage 1: Making an enquiry to the charitable fund.

There are three main ways that funds accept enquiries:

  1. Online through Turn2us - this is only possible when you see an 'enquire online' button on a fund listed on the Grants Search
  2. By applying to them directly using their contact information 
  3. Via an intermediary/support worker.

Stage 2: Submitting a formal application for help.

If you need help filling in the forms, check any guidance the charity has given you. You could also check on the fund's website to see if there is any information on how to fill in the forms. There should also be information about the documents you need to include or refer to, such as bank statements.

More FAQs about grants

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