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Turn2us Response Fund

A fund offering financial support to individuals and families who have experienced a life-changing event in the last twelve months and are linked in with a registered referral partner

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Important message for intermediary partners

Due to the coronavirus situation, our office is closed and all staff are working from home. We are still accepting applications for the Turn2us Response Fund.

We will be launching a Covid-19 emergency grant in the near future as part of our new fundraising effort. Please do not make a Turn2us Response Fund application if the change in the applicant's circumstances is solely related to Covid-19.

Please ensure that any applications you submit do fully meet the criteria of the Response Fund and that you supply all the required documentation to process the application.

We are aware that most of you are no longer having face-to-face contact with applicants and may not be able to obtain a signed declaration from them. We will accept either:

  • An attached email from them confirming that they authorise you to submit the application on their behalf, or

  • A typed name on the declaration and a telephone number for us to contact them for confirmation.

Who can apply?

Response Fund intermediary partners

Applications to the Response Fund can only be made through intermediaries working for our Turn2us Response Fund partner organisations – a selected group of charities and not-for-profit organisations, based across the UK. 

Each intermediary partner organisation has its own eligibility rules and processes for applying to the Response Fund on behalf of people they work with.

If you are already supported by any of our partners, you could contact them to ask whether they are able to help you with an application.

If you are not already in touch with one of our partners but they help people in your situation, (for instance, the MS Society would support people who have MS or care for someone with the condition), you could contact them for general support. This may or may not include making an application to the Response Fund.

Help from other funds

Help may also be available from other charitable funds, including some that individuals can make a direct enquiry to. Please use our Grants Search to look for any charitable funds which match your circumstances, background and needs.

When to apply?

The Turn2us Response Fund supports people when they need it most - when they are coping with a life-changing event, such as:

  • Beginning to live with a disability
  • Bereavement– including funeral costs
  • Domestic abuse
  • Ill health or injury
  • Poor physical or mental wellbeing with a recent diagnosis of a health condition or disability
  • Reduced income through redundancy
  • Reduction in working hours due to ill-health or accident
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Unsafe, insecure or inappropriate housing arrangements
  • Other unexpected occurrences which impact severely on an individual’s quality of life.

The Fund gives targeted support to assist individuals to meet the challenges posed by a life-changing event which has happened in the last 12 months and help them to improve their situation. Grants are provided for specific needs which are essential to the financial stability, wellbeing and independence of the individual/family to help them to maintain normal daily living.

“You’re in a little bit of a state of despair. You’re trying to be brave. You try and keep your dignity. When you get a little bit of a hand-up, it makes you think: ‘Oh, okay. Things are turning round now. I’ve got a bit of power here. I’ve got a little bit of money. I didn't expect this. So I’ve got a few more options now.’ And it just builds your confidence up a little bit."

Turn2us Response Fund grant recipient


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Turn2us Response Fund Partners

Applications can only be made by our partners from UK charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Find out about Response Fund partners
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Read how Camilla and her family were helped by the Turn2us Response Fund

Read Camilla's story