Flexible Response Fund

What support is available?

We can provide funding to help relieve financial needs, and a guiding hand to help you through a tough situation. If you are living on a low income and have a tight budget, you might find yourself facing financial difficulty. We understand that sometimes a small amount of money and support can make a big difference, and we welcome applications for funding.

Here are some examples of needs that we have given a grant for:

The Trust provided funding to Mina who had become ill and was unable to pay for the travel costs to her hospital appointments.

 

Agnieszka was struggling with the cost of buying a new boiler and the Trust was able to contribute towards the cost.

 

Susan had an overdraft which had built up after losing her husband. The Trust gave her a grant to clear the overdraft and fees.

 

Angela had recently started work and to help with the initial extra costs such as travel and work clothes, the Trust provided a time limited monthly grant which supported her during this phase.

Our experienced Case Managers will discuss your individual circumstances and need with you when you apply.

 

Check your eligibility 

There are a few criteria that you must meet in order to be eligible for a grant:

1. You must be in receipt of all eligible benefits to which you are entitled before making an application.

You can use our benefits calculator to check you’re receiving all the benefits you’re entitled to.

Use the benefits calculator

 

2. The following need to be true:

 I am living on a low income and tight budget

 I live alone or only with dependent children

 I have right of residence in the UK

 I am over the age of 18

 I only have limited savings (less than £5,000)

 I can provide evidence of debt of no more than £16,000 (if you have high levels of debt, as part of our support we may signpost you to specialist debt advice )

 I can provide evidence/documentation of my current financial need

 

Please note we are not able to offer:

  • Financial support to students (studying 16 hours or more per week or on a course that is classed as higher education)
  • Financial support if you are entered into an insolvency agreement e.g. bankruptcy, Debt Relief Order (DRO), Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA)

All grants awarded, including those in exceptional circumstances, are at the absolute discretion of Trustees. 

 

If the above statements are true then you may be eligible to receive a grant. Please call us on 0300 365 1886 between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday to speak to a member of our team or click below to complete and submit the grant enquiry form:

Complete grant enquiry form

 

If you are unsure about your eligibility, have questions or need help please call our helpline:

0300 365 1886 

“The grant helped me to get the equipment I needed to start an apprenticeship. I would have never been able to do this without the funding from the Smallwood Trust. I am looking forward to the future now and have a sense of pride and feel valued.”

Smallwood Trust beneficiary