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Grants to Individuals

 

*** Please note, we are currently closed to new enquiries. Our grant enquiry form will re-open on the 21st June 2021. ***

We experience exceptionally high volumes of grant enquiries and we appreciate your patience.

When requests for support significantly exceed the funding we have available in any given week, we close our enquiry form for short periods – we review this on a regular basis. All enquiry opening dates are publicised in this section of website. Please check back for the latest information.

The grant enquiry form will next open on the 21st June 2021. We cannot accept any more grant enquiries before then but will be happy to hear from you when we re-open.

 

Priority Areas

To help us manage the demand, and to ensure that our small grants help women who are most in need, at this current time we are only focussing on the following priority areas:

  • Women with housing related debt (priority debt, maximum combined total of £3,000):

    • Rent or Mortgage arrears
    • Council Tax arrears
    • Utility bills (e.g. gas, electric, water)
    • Unable to afford heating fuel such as oil, wood, coal
  • Women living on a reduced income as a direct result of Covid-19:

    • Women who have been made redundant
    • Women whose hours have been reduced
    • Women on zero hour contracts
    • A reduction in self-employed income
  • Women over the age of 50 facing financial difficulties and on a low income:

    • Women who have been affected by the raise in state pension age
    • Women aged 50 to 65 struggling to find employment
  • Women who are or who have been affected by domestic violence or abuse

In most cases we can only give a small amount as a contribution towards a priority need. We may ask you for evidence of your need as part of the application process.

 

What support is available?

We understand that women face specific challenges in achieving financial security for themselves and their families including low paid work, unaffordable childcare, high housing costs and financial abuse. The position of women in the labour market, women’s entitlement to benefits, and women’s roles and expectations within the family all play a role in determining women’s economic situation. Consequences include debt, housing issues, mental and physical health problems and reduced ability to leave violent relationships. Young women, mothers and female pensioners, as well as disabled and BAME women all face specific risks and impacts of poverty.

We provide small grants and support for women on low incomes who are trying to overcome financial difficulties. This includes single women and women in single parent families or multiple adult households. We understand that a small amount of money and support can make a big difference in helping your financial stability, ability to cope with adversity and to maintain your independence.

Our aims are to support:

  • Financial stability and relief of hardship 
  • Employment pathways and loss of income
  • Housing needs
  • Mental health and well-being

If your immediate need is not covered in our priorities, we recommend that you visit the Turn2Us grant-finder for support (www.turn2us.org.uk).

 

What support is not available?

  • Financial support if you are entered into an insolvency agreement e.g. bankruptcy, Debt Relief Order (DRO), Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA)
  • Financial support for bankruptcy fees
  • Financial support for non-priority debt such as debts to friends or relatives
  • Financial support for consumer debt such as credit cards, store cards, debt agencies, finance agreements etc.
  • Financial support or tuition fees for private education or students (those studying 16 hours or more per week or on a course that is classed as higher education)

If you are looking for support shown in this list then we recommend you visit the Turn2us website (www.turn2us.org.uk). If you are looking for support with consumer debt then we recommend you visit the Stepchange website (www.stepchange.org).

 

Grant enquiry form

In addition to our priority groups, there are a few general criteria that you must also meet before you complete the eligibility form:

  • I am a woman aged 18 or above

  • I have the right to reside and am living in the UK

  • I am living on a low income

  • I am in receipt of all benefits I am entitled to

  • I have savings/capital under £2,000 (total of all accounts)

  • I have a combined priority debt (rent, council tax and utility arrears) of less than £3,000 Please note, we can only give a contribution towards your debt. For a list of organisations who provide debt and budgeting advice please see our Useful Places for Support and Advice page.

  • I can provide evidence/documentation of my current financial need

Please be aware that due to high demand we cannot guarantee that all eligible applicants will be successful. All application decisions, including those in exceptional circumstances, are at the full discretion of the Trust. Our experienced Grants Team will discuss your individual circumstances and need with you after you submit your Enquiry Form and inform you about the next stage of the application process.

If you feel that you are not claiming all of the benefits that you’re entitled to then please use the benefits calculator below before submitting an Enquiry Form.

Use the benefits calculator

 

Questions?

See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information about the grant and answers to common questions. See our Case Studies page for more information about the difference our grants make.

If you are unsure about your eligibility, have additional questions or need help please call our helpline 0300 365 1886 or email info@smallwoodtrust.org.uk.

 

When requests for support significantly exceed the funding we have available in any given week, we sometimes close our enquiry form for short periods – we review this on a regular basis. All enquiry opening dates are publicised in this section of website. Please check back for the latest information.

*** Please note, we are currently closed to new enquiries. Our grant enquiry form will re-open on the 12st June 2021. We cannot accept any more grant enquiries before then but will be happy to hear from you when we re-open. ***