Discretionary Assistance Fund - Can I get help from the Discretionary Assistance Fund?
The Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF) provides grants to people in Wales. Grants do not need to be paid back.
Can I get help from the Discretionary Assistance Fund?
To be eligible to apply for this, you, or the person you care for must be getting either:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
You, or the person you care for, must also be:
Leaving an institution such as a hospital, care home or prison after having lived there for three or more consecutive months (or on a frequent or regular basis), or
Planning to care for someone leaving an institution as described above and neither of you can afford to meet their needs, or
Needing help that could stop admittance to an institution, or
Part of a planned resettlement after a period of homelessness or leaving supported accommodation, or
Experiencing exceptional and urgent pressures on your household, for example, due to domestic violence, chronic illness, disability or an accident, or
In need of help with a one-off or short-term travel expense which is essential to you continuing to live independently.
To be eligible to apply for this, you must:
- Not have enough money to meet your basic needs,
- For example, you have made a claim for benefits but not been paid yet
- have no other money and have considered whether you could borrow money from a responsible lender
- live in Wales
- be over 16