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Turn2us Elizabeth Finn Fund

Providing direct grants for people who have a professional background and their dependants

Elizabeth Finn Fund family

We have been giving direct grants and support for over a century to people living in financial difficulty who have a professional occupational background and meet our grant-giving criteria.

Our grants assist individuals and families who have been financially impacted by a recent life-changing event, empowering them to meet the challenges of their situation and thrive.

We award grants to people who hold or have formerly held occupations requiring a certain level of responsibility and education, or whose partners have done so. We can award grants to people from over 120 different professions whose work history includes employment in a role which requires a degree; NVQ level 4 or above; or equivalent. We also assist people who have had their own business or worked in the arts and can clearly evidence they have earned a living from this work.

The grants we give help make a difference to an individual or family’s life. 

I was very emotional because I didn’t expect that kind of help. The grant allowed us to get back on our feet, pay off the critical priority bills and allowed me time to sort things out so we could have a peaceful existence.

Dougal - who was helped by Elizabeth Finn Fund

Turn2us Elizabeth Finn Fund Information

How we can help

Grants will be provided to meet specific needs that help to ensure financial stability, wellbeing and independence to enable the individual/family to maintain normal daily living.

We may be able to help with grants :

  • To assist with general living costs on a short term basis
  • To help pay for essential home items
  • Towards disability equipment, aids and adaptions (these will need to be supported by an occupational therapist's assessment)
  • For house repairs (for homeowners)
  • To cover costs of a move to a more affordable home
  • Grants to help with transport, work or care costs.


Who can apply?

To be eligible for help from the Elizabeth Finn Fund, you must meet all of the following qualifying rules (eligibility criteria):

  • Have less than £4,000 in savings 
  • Be on a low income and in receipt of or have applied for the benefits you are entitled to
  • Have worked in one of our listed professions or have a partner who has done so. In most cases these are positions where the job requires a degree, some level of responsibility or NVQ4 or above. We also help people who have run their own business with employed staff or have earned a living from the arts
  • Have British nationality or you live in the UK for at least half of the year.
  • Have recently faced a life changing event resulting in reduced income or additional costs.

Please carefully read the List-of-Qualifying-Occupations-for-help-from-the Elizabeth Finn Fund-(PDF-file-size-240kb) before you apply for help.

As part of the application process, we will ask you for a range of documents as evidence of your occupation and situation. This includes bank statements.

Where statutory funding is available to an individual, this source must have been taken up before a charitable grant is provided. However, if an individual has applied for welfare benefits and there is a delay in the award of the benefits, a grant can be awarded.

Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee a grant will be awarded. All grants are discretionary.


The Elizabeth Finn Fund does not give grants to help with:

  • Business start-up or business costs
  • Debt payments
  • Fines
  • Items/services which there is a statutory duty to provide
  • Legal fees
  • Loans
  • Private medical and dental treatment or insurance in the UK
  • Private school fees – Lloyd’s Support Fund excepted
  • Prescription glasses
  • University fees for first or second full-time degree students.

How do I apply?

The application process involves three stages:

  • Registering for a Turn2us Individual's account and then logging into it.
  • Filling in the Stage 1 application form: We check that you meet our qualifying rules (eligibility criteria) for the fund and ask for documentary evidence of occupation.
  • Filling in the Stage 2 application form: If you meet our qualifying rules, you will be invited to make a full application to the Elizabeth Finn Fund. We will now ask you provide full details about you, your spouse/partner (if you have one) and your situation. We will also request the evidence we require, including bank statements.

To access the first (Stage 1) application form, see the Turn2us Elizabeth Finn Fund profile on the Turn2us Grants Search and click 'Enquire online' at the bottom of the page. It will ask you to log into your Turn2us individual's account if you have one.  If not, you will need to register for one.

Please read the profile first and only apply if you meet the qualifying rules.

Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee a grant will be awarded. All grants are discretionary.

The Elizabeth Finn Fund receives a large number of enquiries which take some time to process. All enquiries do receive a reply, whether we can help or not, but we may take some time to process enquiries and respond.

Further information

Our address is: Turn2us Elizabeth Finn Fund, Hythe House, London W6 7NL.

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