We know that with the rising cost of inflation, energy bill increases and other, individual circumstances, many individuals are in need of financial advice and support. While we do not currently offer individual grants, this page provides basic information on where to seek support for the following issues:
- General support
- Grants for individuals
- Young people support
- Energy poverty support
- Food poverty support
- Migrant support
- COVID support (for businesses and mental health)
Citizens Advice is a network of 316 independent charities throughout the United Kingdom that give free, confidential information and advice to assist people with money, legal, consumer and other problems.
They can provide free, impartial advice on:
- Debt and money
- Energy poverty and energy bill grants
- Law and courts
The Mayor of London has set up a web page with useful resources to help with the cost of living. It covers:
- Help paying your bills
- Help with debts
- Help with your income
- Help in a crisis
- Help with mental health support
- Help for migrants
Grants for individuals
Turn-to-us are a national charity proving information and financial support to individuals and families. They provide:
- Find an Adviser tool: allows you to search for sources of information and advice on benefits, housing, jobs, legal issues, and other practical help
- Benefits calculator
- Grants search: an up-to-date list of grants available for individuals facing hardship
- Charitable and educational grants search: find grants to help people who have no recourse to public funds and cannot claim welfare benefits
Phone: 0808 802 2000 (9am - 5pm Monday-Friday)
Let’s talk is an online resource for individuals, charities and organisations to access help and support.
They have their own Support Funds, and also list other Support Funds you might want to access.
They support for individuals and families, including:
- Energy support: household energy bills and white goods
- Warm Home Discounts: Let's Talk manage a number of Warm Home Discount Schemes on behalf of energy companies with successful applicants receiving a £140 credit towards their electricity bill by 31 March
- Money Management tools
- Benefits Eligibility calculator
- Support for businesses: if you are small or medium sized business there are schemes available that may be able to help you clear debts for business electricity and gas
Young people support
The Prince's Trust supports young people aged 11-30 with advice, confidence building and employment.
- Funding to train and learn
- Aged 16 to 30 and living in the UK
- Studying less than 14 hours a week or not in compulsory education
- Unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week
Funding can cover:
- Accredited course fees up to Level 3 (A-level equivalent)
- Tools, equipment or uniforms for a job or qualification
- Job licence fees
- Transport to a new job until your first pay slip
- Funding for starting a business
Enterprise Programme: offers training, mentoring, resources and the chance to apply for a low-interest loan. Once admitted onto the programme, you may apply for business loans between £500 to £5,000 at a rate of 6.2% APR.
UK Government winter fuel payment
The Winter Fuel Payment is an annual one-off payment to help you pay for heating during the winter.
If you were born on or before 26 September 1955 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’.
You will get your Winter Fuel Payment automatically in November or December (and do not need to claim) if you’re eligible and either:
- get the State Pension
- get another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit)
Phone: 0800 731 0160
National Energy Action (NEA)
If you’re struggling with energy bill costs National Energy Action (NEA) can help. They offer a free support to people in England and Wales to help with their energy bills and keeping warm and safe in their home.
Phone: 0800 304 7159, Monday to Friday 10.00 am-12.00 noon
The Trussell Trust
The Trussell Trust operate the largest network of foodbanks across the UK. Food banks work with frontline professionals, such as children’s centres, housing associations, advice charities, to identify people who need support and give them a food bank vouchers.
If you want to be referred to a food bank, call the number 0808 2082138 to talk confidentially to a trained Citizens Advice adviser, who may refer you or may provide other support.
Phone: 0808 208 2138
Arts Council England
Arts Council England run a National Lottery Project Grants programme, for arts, museums, and libraries projects.
Open to individual artists, community, and cultural organisations. Find out more about arts funding.
Support for migrant families
The website provides a tool to find out where migrant families can get help with housing and financial support when they have no recourse to public funds (NRPF).
Use this tool to find out if a person:
- May be able to claim benefits and social housing
- May be able to get help from social services
- Might need to seek immigration advice
To note: The tool does not ask for confidential information, nor keep any record of personal details. Access the support tool for migrant families.
Mental health support
Mind provides information and helplines nationally for people with a mental health problem, or someone supporting them. They provide:
- Information on types of mental health problems
- Legal advice around mental health
Phone: 0300 123 3393, 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
Samaritans operate a free, one-to-one 24/7 mental health service
They will listen to whatever is on your mind and help you work through it.
If you need advice or specialist support for a specific issue, such as a bereavement or domestic abuse, they have put together a list of specialist organisations, including their contact details, which you may find helpful.
Read about Samaritans' free mental health service.
Phone: 116 123, open 24/7