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Here to Help #HeretoHelpAlways

As we sadly anticipate more redundancies and people in need of financial support as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the government's Job Retention Scheme ending, the Here to Help campaign seeks to raise awareness of the grant-giving charities that can provide assistance to those that need support.

What is the Here to Help Campaign?

Here to Help seeks to raise awareness of the help grant-giving charities could provide to those struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and additionally raise awareness of the work of this often lesser-known part of the charity sector. 

We will be working with key advice and referral agencies, charities and other organisations that work closely with individuals who may be in need of assistance, along with the national press, in order to raise awareness of the services grant-giving charities can provide to those struggling. 

What are grant-giving charities?

Grant-giving charities (also called ‘benevolent funds’) are charities that offer financial support in the form of non-repayable grants to individuals, and their families, in need of assistance. 

Some of these charities also offer additional services to help people get back on their feet including counselling, advice services (debts, benefits, careers or legal support etc.), peer-to-peer support groups and wellbeing/mental health services. 

When can a grant-giving charity help?

Benevolent funds award grants in a huge range of circumstances. Applications for support are usually judged on a case-by-case basis, but below are some of the most common reason why someone may be granted financial support:

  • Paying for day-to-day essentials: food, bills, clothes and more
  • Help purchasing or repairing home essentials, furniture and white goods
  • Adaptions to the home and help with extra costs related to an illness/disability
  • Back to school costs – school uniforms, IT and study equipment
  • Childcare support
  • Respite breaks
  • Funeral costs

Who can these charities help?

There are hundreds of benevolent charities across the UK, each there to help a different group of people they represent. Here are a few examples:

  • Occupational charities: Charities that assist current and former employees of a certain profession. Many also support their family members, apprentices and students.
  • Regional charities: Charities that assist people living in a certain area of the UK.
  • Illness and disability charities: Charities that help people with a certain illness or disability.
  • Armed forces charities: Supporting veterans and current/former members of the armed forces and their families.
  • General charities: Charities that can award grants to any individual
  • Other charities: Assisting people in different groups such as children, women and older people.

For a full list of ACO charities organised by the type of individual they support, click Here

Why are grant-giving charities needed?

Not everyone will be eligible for government support and benefits who may still need assistance, which is where benevolent charities can step in to help. Below are a few examples of when charities can help:

  • When support is needed urgently. Benevolent charities can often turn around applications for support extremely quickly to help deal with an emergency.
  • The individual is waiting to apply and receive Universal Credit, is experiencing delays accessing benefits or is facing a benefits sanction.
  • The individual cannot access benefits due to being employed but is not earning enough to make ends meet. This could include people working part-time, on zero contract hours, have had hours or pay reduced or have lost income due to being furloughed.
  • They have just started a new job but need help until they receive their first pay cheque.

How to find support

The Turn2us Grants Search is a one-stop-shop of over 1,500 charitable grants. You can search by age, location, profession, medical condition and other criteria. Use it now to find out what you or your client might eligible for:

How to apply for a grant

Each charity will have their own application process and eligibility criteria. However, most charities will require you to fill out a short application form and provide some evidence that you are in need of support and can meet the eligibility criteria of the charity.

This evidence may include things such as copies of recent bank statements, payslips, proof of benefit entitlement etc. Each charity will have their own evidence they will ask for and can help guide you on what you will need to provide.

If ever you are worried about a charity’s application process, giving one of their friendly team a call or an email will often help provide reassurances as they can support and guide you on their application process.

How can I support the campaign?

If you work closely with individuals that may require support at this difficult time or can help us spread the word that grant-giving charities are here to help, please download and share the materials below to help us raise awareness of the help these charities could provide. 

From September 2020 onwards we will be supporting the campaign with posts on social media about the support our member charities have given throughout the pandemic so far. Follow @ACObenevolence and use the hashtag #HeretoHelpAlways to join the conversation. 

If you are able to help us support this campaign and spread the word about grant-giving charities, please get in touch with Hannah Page at ACO (Marketing & Communications Manager) at 0207 255 4496


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A short guide to financial support from benevolent and grant-giving charities

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General Information

A poster about benevolent funds and the support they can provide.

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