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Grants for individuals

We know that many people are finding it increasingly hard to cope financially. We strongly feel that support should be available to people to help them at a time of crisis, or other times of need.

We help local people with grants:

  • At a time of financial crisis or hardship
  • Towards the cost of school uniform, school shoes, school trips, holiday clubs and extra‑curricular / out of school activities
  • For training and related activities

We prioritise those living in the Charity’s area of benefit, but can also help people living in the Borough of Elmbridge.

Please see our guidelines for referral details.

“Thank you so much for your help. Sometimes it is quite hard to ask for help but you made the process very easy and were so kind.”

Crisis grants for individuals

Providing one-off help to people at a time of hardship.

Referrals are usually (but not exclusively) made for help with:

  • Essential household goods not funded by Surrey Local Assistance Scheme
  • Assistance with, and contributions towards utility bills
  • Essential health and care aids, and equipment not funded by statutory or other voluntary sources

Support for young people and school aged children

People can apply direct for help with school uniform, school shoes and winter coats for their children (please download the General Application and School Uniform Application forms below).

For school trips referrals are made by the child’s school.

Referrals for support with extra-curricular / out of school activities and school holiday clubs will also be accepted from organisations working to meet the needs of children and young people.

Please see our guidelines for more details.

Learning and development grants

Providing support with vocational and life skills learning and development. Usually these are one-off grants for training and related activities, for people who are trying to move from benefits to work, people who need first step learning opportunities to help them become job ready or people who need to develop or improve general life skills.

These grants can also cover costs associated with training, such as transport, child care or accreditation.

How to apply

To find out more please read the detailed guidelines below.

You must be referred by a recognised agency who will complete a referral on your behalf. Please see forms below. (You can apply directly for school uniform grants.)

Applicants are asked to complete an application form, which includes details of their personal and financial circumstances, and will also be asked to attend an appointment with the Charity’s Grants Officer.

For more information or to apply, please contact Grants Officer, Amina Lawson on 0203 328 0246 or email , or to discuss a potential application or referral.

We can also help with:

Budgeting and basic debt advice

Practical advocacy, signposting and referrals to other organisations for help

For more information please contact Grants Officer, Amina Lawson on 0203 328 0246 or email

For all individual grants please ensure you have also completed the ‘general application form’ as well as the relevant application form.