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Our members' helplines

There aren't many organisations who offer help to people living with wage poverty but some of those who do are listed below.

Talisman Charitable Trust assists individuals in the UK of small means who the trustees consider to be deserving and may be described as “going short”. From time to time

Talisman Charitable  Trust

The Nuclear Industry Benevolent Fund

The Nuclear Industry Benevolent Fund provides grants for those working or who have worked in the UK Nuclear Industry through the provision of support, signposting and financial assistance.

The needs of our clients generally relate to financial hardship, debts, disability, sickness, old age and changes in family circumstances.

Chartered Secretaries' Charitable Trust

Grants are available for individuals who have a direct relationship with the Chartered Secretaries' Charitable Trust. This includes current and former members, affiliate members, graduates, students, and employees.

The Trust can assist with weekly allowances and regular support. This can be for items such as rental costs of telephones, TV licenses etc.

National Bar/pub/restaurant/hotel/room keeper

 

 

Grants for people in need who are working or who have worked in the licensed drinks industry/ pub trade (pubs, bars or breweries) for 5 years or more. This can include spouses/partners and dependent children. Applicants can live in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

 



 

The Salespeople's Charity

 

 

The Salespeople's Charity provides financial support to people who are currently or have previously worked in a business-to-business sale role, and their families.

 






 

The BT Benevolent Fund

 

 

National Business/commerce

The Fund serves past and present BT people, and their dependents, who are suffering financial hardship.

 


 

Unite the Union Benevolent Fund

 

 

National Agriculture/farmer Bank worker Bar/pub/restaurant/hotel/room keeper Builder/construction Business/commerce

One-off grants for members, former members, employees or ex-employees of the Unite the Union Benevolent Fund who are in need, and their dependents.

 





 

The Lighthouse Club: The Construction Industry Charity

 

 

National Architect/surveyor Builder/construction

Financial grants and other support for people who have worked in the construction industry for at least five years.

 





 

RBLI (Royal British Legion Industries)

 

 

National Armed Forces/veteran

RBLI is a national charity that provides housing and welfare services to UK Armed Forces veterans and their dependants - especially people affected by disability, health conditions or social welfare needs. The help the charity gives includes housing (single and family), employment and welfare services.

 






 

The Chartered Institute of Building Benevolent Fund

 

 

National Builder/construction

The Chartered Institute of Building Benevolent Fund provides a service of practical advice, information and financial assistance for Chartered Institute of Building members (past and present) and their dependant families worldwide. Grants may be for general household items, clothing, travel to work, or skills-based training.

 

 

 

 

Lionheart (The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Benevolent Fund)

 

 

Lionheart provides grants for short term needs to members and past members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and their families.

general living expenses

essential items eg. fridge, cooker etc.

In some circumstances we can support those with caring responsibilities

Unique one-off or recurring expenses

Lionheart is able to help some individuals and families in certain financial circumstances with a grant for up to two years.

 

 

 


 

 

Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust

 

 

Scholarships for UK residents aged 22 to 45 who work within the farming, horticulture, rural and associated industries or are in a position to influence these industries. Unfortunately the Trust can't award grants to anyone who is in full-time education or to further research projects.

Grants for people who have worked in market research for at least two years and their immediate family. This includes interviewers, field staff, office-based support staff, managers and researchers, executives and consultants.

Grants are available to help with costs associated with an illness, debt relief, emergency car and house repairs and funeral expenses.

 

 

 

 

 

The BT Benevolent Fund

 

 

The Fund serves past and present BT people, and their dependents, who are suffering financial hardship.

 

 





 

 

 

GroceryAid

 

 

GroceryAid helps people in need (and their partners) who are currently working (for at least three years) or have previously worked (for at least five years) in the grocery industry.

 

 




 

 

 

The Charity for Civil Servants

 

 

Financial help, money and wellbeing services, advice and information for serving, former and retired staff of the Civil Service and employees of organisations sponsored by a government department and their financial dependants.

 

Help towards Care Homes fees also considered up to £100 per week. It is always best for applicants or family members to telephone us first so that we can advise them of our requirements. Local Authority must be helping with fees.



 

 

 

Unite the Union Benevolent Fund

 

 

National Charity/voluntary Civil Service Food/grocery Government/local authority Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

One-off grants for members, former members, employees or ex-employees of the Unite the Union Benevolent Fund who are in need, and their dependents.

 







 

Chemists' Community Fund

 

 

National Civil Service Engineer/engineering Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

Regular grants and one-off grants for people who have been members of The Royal Society of Chemistry for the last three years, or ex-members who were in the society for at least 10 years, and their dependants, who are in need.

The fund can also assist its Student Members, regardless of their membership length, if they are facing exceptional or unexpected circumstances.

 







 

There for You (UNISON Welfare)

 

 

National Charity/voluntary Government/local authority Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

UNISON's charity, There for You, provides support to members of UNISON and their dependants who are struggling generally due to an unforeseen change of circumstances such as redundancy, bereavement, illness, relationship breakdown etc. Our services also include well-being breaks.

 



 

 

RetailTRUST

 

National Fashion/textiles Food/grocery Gardener/horticulture

One-off grants are available for people in need and their dependents who work or have worked in the retail, wholesale, manufacturing and distribution trades. Grants are awarded towards priority bills.

 






 

B&CE’s Charitable Trust

 

 

National Carpenter/furniture maker Electrician Engineer/engineering

Grants for workers in the construction industry and their families to help alleviate individual financial strain and hardship.

 

 



 

 

Society for Assistance of Medical Families. National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

Grants for doctors and their dependants who are in financial need, usually through illness or bereavement and medical students who have at least one parent who is a doctor and whose family is in financial need.

 


 

 

 

 

The Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) (UK)

 

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions. Grants for members of the association, primarily people from black and ethnic minority groups, especially African-Caribbean groups. Grants are given to members to support their educational development or community project and are to assist with fees, books and travel.

 

 


 

 

RCN Foundation (Lamplight)

 

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions. Lamplight provides one-off grants to registered nurses and midwives, Health Care Assistants (HCAs), Nurse Associates and Nursing Apprentices, and nursing students.

 

 

Cavell Nurses' Trust (The Edith Cavell Fund for Nurses)

 

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical profession. We help registered nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship. This is often due to illness, disability, older age and domestic abuse. We can provide assistance with essential white goods, mobility aids, home adaptations due to disability, and travelling expenses for attending medical treatment.

 


 

 

 

IET Connect - The Institution of Engineering and Technology Benevolent Fund

 

 

National Electrician Engineer/engineering

Grants are available for Institution of Engineering (IET) members and their families with advice, support and financial assistance. Grants given include those for living costs, counselling, emergency needs, assistive technology, independence at home, care and disability, respite for carers, counselling, family support, help following a change of circumstances such as bereavement, relationship breakdown or redundancy.

 

 


 

The Electrical Industries Charity

 

 

National Electrician Engineer/engineering

Grants are available for current and former electrical industries workers and their partners. Grants can be towards a number of items, such as emergency grants, disability adaptations and home repairs, utility bills and financial assistance with a serious illness.

 




 

The Cameron Fund - The GPs' own charity

 

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions. Grants are available for General Practitioners and their dependents who are in need. This includes working and retired doctors or any age.

 



 

The Junius S Morgan Benevolent Fund

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions. Grants available to members and former nurses and healthcare assistants and have practised in an NHS hospital for a minimum of 5 years. Grants are to assist with living expenses and utility costs.

 


 

The Queen’s Nursing Institute for Community Nurses

 

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions. Financial assistance for Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) qualified nurses who work or have worked in the COMMUNITY (Queen's Nurses, District Nurses, Practice nurses, community nurses, health visitors, school nurses etc.) living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland who are experiencing hardship through illness, disability or other life trauma.

 

 

 

 

TASC - The Ambulance Services Charity

 

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions. Grants to working and retired members of The Ambulance Services community. Applicants must have worked for the ambulance service or independent service registered with CQC for at least 12 months or be a student paramedic. They must have less than £4000 in savings.

 



 

The Benevolent Fund of the College of Optometrists and the Association of Optometrists

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

One-off grants for working and former optometrists who are in need.

 

 


 

Sandra Charitable Trust

 

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

Grants for nurses and people studying to become nurses.

 

The Royal Medical Foundation

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

One-off, regular and emergency grants are available for medical practitioners who are, or have been, registered by the General Medical Council (GMC) and their families to assist with living expenses and medical expenses.

 


 

ASDA Foundation Colleague Hardship Fund

 

National Fashion/textiles Food/grocery

ASDA Foundation gives grants to support ASDA colleagues and their family members who need financial assistance and are struggling to pay for essential costs.

 

 


 

The 1930 Fund for District Nurses

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

Grants are available for community nurses, district nurses, community psychiatric nurses, community midwives, health visitors or school nurses in the Community Health Services who are in financial need. Applicants can be working, unemployed or retired.

The charity awards grants for essential living costs, home maintenance or the purchase and installation of mobility aids for people with disabilities.

 


 

The Dain Fund

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

The Fund helps with the education and support of doctors’ children when there are financial problems in the family. In most of the families helped the parents are out of work or on a very low income. The Fund particularly welcomes applications from refugee doctors.

 

 

The Royal College of Midwives Benevolent Fund

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

The Benevolent Fund of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Trust is a charity that provides support to midwives and maternity support workers in times of need.

 


 

BMA Charities Trust Fund

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

The BMA Charities helps all doctors, and their dependents, and medical students in times of financial crisis. Grants are given to help working and unemployed doctors with essential items, medical students with expenses, and refugee and asylum seeking doctors.

 


 

ABDO Benevolent Fund (Association of British Dispensing Opticians)

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

The ABDO Benevolent Fund provides support to Association of British Dispensing Opticians members, past and present, or their dependants, who are struggling generally because of an unforeseen change of circumstances, such as redundancy, bereavement, illness, relationship breakdown, etc.

 


 

Benevolent Fund of the Society of Chiropodists

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

Grants and interest-free loans are available for current and former members of the Society of Chiropodists.

The Society also considers applications from dependents of deceased members.

 


 

South Central Ambulance Service Benevolent Fund

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

Grants are available for serving and retired members of the South Central Ambulance Service and Hampshire Ambulance Service who are in financial need.

 

The Fund can also support the dependents of serving and retired members.

 

Environmental Health Officers Welfare Fund

 

National Government/local authority Healthcare professional/NHS worker

Grants for members of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health or its predecessors who are in need. The Fund also gives grants to the families and dependents of deceased former members. In the past the organisation has given support to members who need financial help after experiencing a death, serious illness or catastrophe within the family.

Please note that we cannot help fund Environmental Health students through their studies unless there are extreme circumstances.

 


 

Lady Allen of Hurtwood Memorial Trust

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

The Trust provides grants to enable people working with children to travel at home or abroad for the purpose of enlarging their experience and enhancing the quality of their work. Applications are particularly welcomed from those working with disadvantaged or disabled children. Grants are not available for academic research or courses leading to a qualification.

 

 

Ethel Mary Fletcher Fund For Nurses

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

Grants are available for trained nurses who have a long-term illness or disability and need financial assistance. Applicants must be trained nurses with at least three years' post-graduate work in the UK.

Please note that the Association has temporarily frozen its grant-giving process. Contact the Association for more information.

 


 

Society of Radiographers Benevolent Fund

 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

We provide one off grants or short term financial support to members or past members and their dependents in times of hardship or for assistance with disability aids.

 

Please do not apply if you are not a member or used to be a member of the Society of Radiographers

 


 

The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund


 

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions

Grants for GMC registered doctors, medical students and refugee doctors who are retraining to practise medicine in the UK and are in need.

Grants are to assist with essential day-to-day living costs and help with purchasing specialist equipment and home or car adaptations.

 


 

Prospect Benevolent Fund


 

National Engineer/engineering Government/local authority

Members and retired members of the Prospect trade union and their dependants who are experiencing financial problems.

 

The Nurses Memorial to King Edward VII in Scotland Scottish Committee

National Healthcare professional/NHS worker Medical professions


 

Grants for nurses or midwives who have a strong connection to Scotland who need financial assistance. By a strong connection, we mean nurses who have worked in Scotland, or Scottish nurses working outside Scotland.

 


 

Ben – Support for Life

 

National Engineer/engineering

Ben is a not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their families. As an independent charity, our tailored, holistic care and support services enable people to navigate life’s toughest challenges, empowering them to make lasting, positive change.

 


 

The Merlin Trust

 

National Gardener/horticulture

Grants are available for young people aged between 18 and 35 who are studying or work in horticulture to undertake a wide range of projects at home and abroad. The Trust also considers applications from horticulturists over 35 years old if they are in their first five years of a career in horticulture.

 


 

Institution of Fire Engineers Education Grants

 

National Firefighter

Educational grants for people living and working within the UK who are training fire-fighting, or are studying fire related programmes for the benefit of fire related research.

 

 

The Insurance Charities

 

National Insurance

Financial grants for past and present employees of the insurance industry and their dependants who are in financial need, who live in the UK or Eire.

 

 

 

Support Network - Institution of Mechanical Engineers - IMechE


 

National Engineer/engineering

Grants for current and former members of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and their family.

 

The Institute also helps students taking mechanical engineering-related undergraduate degree, Masters course, or following a PhD or a course at another level.

 

The Printing Charity


 

Grants for people in need and work or have worked in the printing, packaging and paper industry or allied trades for at least three years or who have a direct family connection (parents/children).

 


 

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

 

Bursaries for undergraduate and postgraduate students who are in financial need, and whose parent or partner (including deceased partner) is or was a grocer, pharmacist or commercial traveller.

 

Grants are for any reasonable costs connected with going to university, including tuition fees, accommodation costs, living expenses, or equipment to help you study.

 



 

The Solicitors’ Benevolent Association


 

National Lawyer/solicitor/barrister

Grants and interest-free loans for solicitors (current or former) on the Roll for England & Wales, and their dependents who are in need. Every year we help hundreds of people of all ages who are in serious financial need as a result of illness, accident, redundancy or other adversity.

 

 

Perennial

 

National Gardener/horticulture

Grants are available for people of all ages working in, or retired from the gardening, horticulture industry and their spouses, partners and children. These include: employed and self-employed gardeners, nursery staff, parks and grounds care staff, landscapers, tree surgeons and people working in intensive production horticulture.

 


 

ICE Benevolent Fund

 

National Engineer/engineering

One off grants or ongoing financial support is available for current and former members of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and their dependants, both in the UK and overseas.

 


 

The Coal Industry Benevolent Trust

 

National Miner/quarrying

The Trust assists mineworkers, former mineworkers and their dependants pursue higher education courses at universities, colleges or other educational institutes in the United Kingdom.

 

Guild of Benevolence of The Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology

 

National Engineer/engineering

 

One-off grants are available for Marine and electrical engineers Mercantile or Naval, and their wives, husbands, partners, widows, widowers, dependent children. Past and present members or employees of The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) or of The Guild of Benevolence are also eligible for help.

 

Grants are awarded towards the supplement a low income, disability aids, debt relief, reasonable nursing home fees, funeral costs, home maintenance and respite care.

 

 

The Lloyd’s Benevolent Fund

 

National Insurance

The Fund gives grants to people who work or have worked in the Lloyd’s insurance market and their dependants. The Fund gives one-off grants for specific items and sometimes repeat grants.

 


 

Carers Trust (Informal Carers)

 

National Carer (unpaid)

Carers Trust helps anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

 


 

Education Support Partnership

 

National Engineer/engineering

Education Support Partnership is the charity dedicated to helping all staff in education be the best that they can be. They do this by providing free, confidential support services to all serving, former and retired teachers living in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as their dependants.

 

Furniture Makers' Charity

 

National Carpenter/furniture maker

Grants for people who work or have worked in the UK furniture and furnishing industry who are going through financial difficulties. To be able to apply you should normally have worked in the industry for at least two years.

 



 

Butchers’ & Drovers’ Charitable Institution

 

National Food/grocery

One-off grants and ongoing payments for people in need who have worked in any aspect of the meat industry whether wholesale, retail or otherwise for at least 10 years. Help may also be given to their close family members. The Institution sometimes gives assistance towards fees in a residential or nursing home.

 

 

 

 

The Baltic Exchange Charitable Society

 

National Food/grocery

Grants are available for employees, ex employees and dependants from member companies of the Baltic (mercantile and shipping) Exchange. Grants are also for employees from from companies in the oilseeds trade. Help is usually given to retired or elderly people, but sometimes to younger people in difficult situations.

 




 

The Institution of Structural Engineers’ Benevolent Fund

 

National Engineer/engineering

Financial grants for members or former members of the institution and their dependants. Grants for general living expenses or for specific items of expenditure.

 



 

The Royal Army Medical Corps Charitable Fund 1992

 

National Medical professions

This RMC Charity is for serving and ex-serving members of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), and their families.

 


 

Grants are given for a variety of needs, such as medical assistance and funeral costs.

The Benevolent; the Drinks Industry Charity

National Food/grocery

We support people who work, or have worked within the UK drinks industry. This means anyone who has worked in a pub, brewery, bar, distillery, vineyards, off licence, trade press publication, warehouse or in an office based role at a company producing, distributing, marketing or selling primarily alcohol. To be eligible for support you must have spent at least 2 years in the drinks industry or 20% of your working life. You must also live in the UK.

 



 

The Miners’ Welfare National Educational Fund

 

National Miner/quarrying

The Miners' Welfare National Educational Fund give grants to assist mineworkers, former mineworkers and their dependants pursue higher education courses at universities, colleges or other educational institutes in the United Kingdom. Dependents must be under the age of 17.

 

 

The Tailors Benevolent Institute

 

National Fashion/textiles

Journeyman tailors, tailoresses who were employed in the bespoke (made to order) tailoring trade. Priority is given to older people.

 







 

The Theatrical Guild


 

National Entertainment/stage/theatrical

One-off grants and sometimes repeat grants for people who work, or have retired from, either backstage or front-of-house in a professional theatre, for example crew members, electricians, stage door assistants, box offices and ushers.

 



 

The Nuclear Industry Benevolent Fund (formerly UBA Benevolent Fund)

 

National Engineer/engineering

The Nuclear Industry Benevolent Fund provides grants for those working or who have worked in the UK Nuclear Industry through the provision of support, signposting and financial assistance. The needs of our clients generally relate to financial hardship, debts, disability, sickness, old age and changes in family circumstances.

 

 

 

 

Railway Benevolent Institution

 

National Engineer/engineering

Grants are available to current, former and retired railway people and their families in times of need. Examples of things we can help with include housing debts, family welfare, unforeseen emergencies as well as other financial hurdles families face.

 


 

 

The British Jewellery, Giftware & Finishing Federation Benevolent Society

 

National Engineer/engineering

The principal objective of the society is to assist financially persons, or their dependants, working or previously worked in the trades embraced by the British Allied Trades Federation who in old age or through infirmity, disablement or ill health are in conditions of need: to support education and training by providing for bursaries or other financial support.

 

 

 

The Coal Industry Benevolent Trust

 

National Miner/quarrying

Grants are available to employees and former employees of the coal mining industry, and their dependents, such as widowed partners. Grants are given for financial support to widowed partners, medical aids, household appliances, property repairs and household adaptations, and clothing.

 

 

 

 

The Evelyn Norris Trust

 

National Entertainment/stage/theatrical

The Evelyn Norris Trust provides one-off grants of up to £700 towards holidays and convalescence following illness, injury or surgery to members or ex-members of the concert or theatrical profession.


 

 

 

The Provision Trade Charity

 

National Food/grocery

One-off or quarterly grants are available for people in need in the provision trade (bacon, pork, canned meat/fish and dairy products), and their dependants. Grants are to assist with special purchases, home improvements or everyday expenses.

 


 

 

 

The Gamekeepers' Welfare Trust

 

National Gamekeeper

Grants for gamekeepers and people in similar jobs and their dependents who need essential items. The Trust gives grants for items such as mobility aids, home adaptations or household appliances.

The Trust also gives educational grants to young people who want to start a career in gamekeeping.

 

 

British Association of Former United Nations Civil Servants Benevolent Fund

National Civil Service

Grants for former employees of the United Nations or its Organisations and Bodies and their dependants who live in the UK. The Fund can give grants for disability aids, respite care and convalescence.


 

 

 

BDA Benevolent Fund

 

 

National Medical professions

The BDA Benevolent Fund is an independent charity working for dentists – both past and present – to ensure that dentists do not go unsupported in times of need or crisis.


 

 

British Fire Services Association Members' Welfare Fund

 

 

National Firefighter

Financial grants for fire fighters and former fire fighters who have held British Fire Services Association (BFSA) membership. The Fund also helps descendants of deceased members of the Association.

 



 

The Chemical Engineers' Benevolent Fund

 

 

National Engineer/engineering

The Chemical Engineers Benevolent Fund was set up by members of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) in 1934 to offer friendly support to all chemical engineers and their dependents in times of hardship and distress.

 



 

The Feltmakers Charitable Foundation

National Fashion/textiles

Financial grants for employees or former employees of the hat trade who are in need, largely, but not exclusively, of pensioner age and London-based.

 




 

The Institute of Quarrying Educational Development and Benevolent Fund

 

National Miner/quarrying

 

 

The Fund provides financial assistance to members or former members in need who are members of The Institute of Quarrying or their dependants. Please note: people who work in the quarrying industry but are not members of the institute are not able to apply.


 

 

WRVS Benevolent Trust

 

 

National Charity/voluntary

One-off grants are available for people in financial need who have volunteered, or worked, for the WVS, WRVS or Royal Voluntary Service. Grants are given for a variety of items, such as white goods, beds, and help towards the cost of mobility equipment.

 

 

 

Bristol Corn Trade Guild

 

National Food/grocery

Grant for people who work in the corn and feed trade (including grain, feed and flour) and their dependants, who are in need. The Guild can help in all sorts of ways - such as regular payment of a certain bill (e.g. gas, electricity, telephone)  or small one-off payments for building repairs, storage heaters or special medical treatment.

 



 

The Costume Society

National Fashion/textiles

Grants are available to fashion and textile students. The Society gives grants to students who are on courses such as the history and theory of dress, costume design and production.

 

 

 

The Douglas Bomford Trust

 

National Engineer/engineering

Grants are available for higher education students who are studying agricultural engineering or a similar degree.


 

 

 

The Society for Theatre Research

 

 

National Entertainment/stage/theatrical

The Society for Theatre Research gives grants to individuals who need help with the cost of research projects of British theatre. For example, the research might be about the history, historiography, art, or practice of the British theatre. This includes music-hall, opera, dance, and performing arts. UKeiG by The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals



 

 

National Librarian

 

 

One-off grants for The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals members and their dependents who are in financial need.

The fund can help with unexpected costs, such as urgent house repairs or replacing essential household items such as white good. The Fund can also help with unexpectedly large heating bills or bank overdrafts or other debts due to illness.




 

 

 

Confederation of Forest Industries

 

 

National Forestry/timber

The Forest Industries Education Fund was established as a charity, setup for the advancement of education of ConFor members employed in the forestry or related industries in particular by the provision of grants and assistance to further their education or training and improve their professional development.

Grants are also made for welfare purposes.

 




 

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers’ Benevolent Fund (CIBSE)

National Engineer/engineering

Every year, the CIBSE Benevolent Fund is able to provide help to CIBSE members, former members and their dependants who are in need, whether through sickness, bereavement or financial hardship. Present and former members of CIBSE, IHVE and IES, and their dependants, are eligible for help.



 

 

 

The Cotton Industry War Memorial Trust

 

 

National Fashion/textiles

Grants are available to employees, former employees and students of the textile industry who are in financial need.


 

 

 

The Institute of Chartered Foresters Educational & Scientific Trust


 

National Forestry/timber

Financial grants for students of forestry, arboriculture and related disciplines and others at the early stages of their forestry or arboricultural careers.

 

The Institution of Gas Engineers Benevolent Fund


 

National Engineer/engineering

Grants for members and ex-members of the Institution of Gas Engineers, and their dependants. Please note that other people in the gas industry who are not members of the institution are not eligible.


 

 

 

The Institution of Materials, Minerals & Mining

 

 

National Miner/quarrying

Grants for current or past members of The Institute Of Materials, Minerals & Mining (or its predecessors) or previous Institute who are in financial need. Priority is given to unemployed and redundant members.



 

 

 

The Horticultural Trades Association Benevolent Fund

 

 

National Gardener/horticulture

We help HTA members including retailers, growers and landscapers who are facing hardship by providing modest grants and financial assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

Hair and Beauty Charity (formerly The Hairdressers' Charity)

 

 

National Hairdresser/barber/beauty industry

Financial assistance is available to people who work or have worked in the professional hairdressing and beauty industries, such as beauticians.

The charity can help with the cost of daily living and essential items.

 


 

Rainy Day Trust


 

 

National Gardener/horticulture

The Rainy Day Trust helps past and present employees of the home improvement and enhancement supply industry. This includes people who have worked in the UK in Builders Merchants, Cookshops, DIY shops and outlets, hardware stores, garden centres, pottery/glass, manufacturers and distributors or as retailers.

We do not pay care homes direct, but pay a quarterly grant which equates to £100 per month. This can be used towards care home fees


 

 

 

Royal Engineers’ Association

 

 

National Engineer/engineering

One-off and recurrent grants are available for past or present members of the Royal Engineers association and their families and dependants who are in need. Small annuities (£17pw) for people over 70 years of age as 'top-up' fees for elderly/infirm living in Local Authority or Private Nursing/Residential homes after all State benefits are in place, and who have savings below the recognised state limits.



 

 

 

The Public and Commercial Services Union Benevolent Fund

 

 

National Government/local authority

Grants are available for members and Associate members of the Public and Commercial Union who are in financial need. Grants are limited to £500 in any 12-month period.




 

The Lighthouse Club: The Construction Industry Charity

 

National Engineer/engineering

Financial grants and other support for people who have worked in the construction industry for at least five years.

 


 

The Victoria Convalescent Trust

 

 

National Carer (unpaid)

The charity helps to fund short breaks for people who need convalescence, recuperative care or respite care.

The Trust also sometimes gives grants for essential items to people who have a severe and long-term disability or physical or mental illness. Carers can also apply for a grant. In the past the Trust has given grants for white goods, household items and mobility aids.

 


 

 

The Institute of Clayworkers Benevolent Fund

 

 

National Miner/quarrying

Financial grants for people in need who had to retire early from the clay-working industry through accident or ill-health. Dependents of deceased clayworkers may also be eligible.


 

 

 

Elizabeth Finn Fund

 

 

The Elizabeth Finn Fund (EFF) provides one-off and recurring grants for people who are British or Irish and have a professional or similar background or connection, and their dependants.

 


 

 

The Talisman Charitable Trust

 

 

We help individuals in the UK who are on a low income and are “going short".