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

“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 (such as white 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
  • Transport costs, if provision is not available
  • Support for young people and school aged children

Low income families can apply direct for help with school uniform, school shoes and winter coats for their children.

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.

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, support materials (books, tools), child care or accreditation.

How to apply

You must be referred by a recognised agency who will complete a referral on your behalf. 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 a member of our Grants Team.

For more information or to apply, please contact either Amina Lawson (tel. 0203 328 0246 or email or Nikki Howard (tel. 0203 195 8286 or e mail