Who can apply for a grant?
As a minimum you need to be female and in receipt of benefits or on a low income.
How do I apply for a grant?
You can call us on our helpline number 0300 365 1886 or fill in our on-line enquiry form via our website (please note - the enquiry form is not the same as the application form). We will then call you to discuss your circumstances. If you pass all the initial eligibility checks, we will send you an application pack.
Where is the Enquiry form?
The form can be accessed from the Women's Reslience Fund page.
What is the grant application process?
1. Applicant submits enquiry (by phone or web-based eligibility form)
2. Grants Assistant carries out initial eligibility check with applicant
If applicant passes initial eligibility check
3. Grants Assistant sends out application form to applicant
4. Applicant returns completed application form and all supporting documents
5. Grants Manager checks application and all supporting documents against criteria
6. Grant decision communicated to applicant
7. Grant is paid
How do I get an application form?
Our application form is sent out by our Grants Asisstant to applicants who have passed the general eligibility checks.
How long does the application pack take to arrive?
We can email or post out applications. For post please allow up to 2 weeks – if you haven’t received anything after this time then give us a call.
What documents do I need to send back with my application?
As a minimum you will need to send us one month’s recent bank statement from your current account and proof of income/benefits. However, during the process we may ask you to provide additional evidence/documentation.
Why do I need to send in all this information?
We need to see all these documents because these documents help us to fully understand your circumstances. If we don't receive all the documents, we may not be able to give you a grant.
Can I send in the documents by email?
Yes we can receive documents by email. If you wish to use a secure email system you can use Egress which will allow you to send your information to us securely for free. You can find information about Egress here and sign up for a free account here.
How long does it take before a decision is made about a grant?
Once we have received all your documents we will process your application – due to the high volume of applicants, please allow up to 4 weeks for a decision to be made. It may take longer if we do not receive the right documents from you.
How much will I receive if I am awarded a grant?
Most of the grants we provide are small one off grants – the amount is decided based on your current need so please give as much detail as you can on the application form.
Do you provide emergency grants?
Your payment will usually be made within 2-3 weeks.
How is the grant paid?
If you are awarded a grant the money is paid directly into your bank or building society account by BACS. We cannot pay into a National Savings Bank account (sometimes called a Post Office Savings Bank account). Please note we cannot pay the grant into someone else's account on your behalf.