Grants FAQs

Can I apply?
Yes, if you are under the age of 26 and either are, or have been, in care.

How much can I apply for?
Up to £600. 

Can I apply for more than £600?
If you absolutely need more than £600 then ask for what you need.  But say why you need that extra money.

Will I have to pay the money back?
No.  It’s a grant and that means we give you the money and you don’t have to pay it back.  Ever.

How do I apply?
You complete the application form.  You tell us what you want the money for, how much money you need and why having this money will make a difference. 

If I complete the application form will I automatically get the money?
No.  We would like to fund everyone but we have a limited amount of money.  You are more likely to get the money if you:

More detail on these points is given here

When will I hear if I’ve got the money?
We meet four times a year in March, June, September and December.  We will let you know by the end of that month whether or not we’ve given you a grant.

I’ve got an emergency, I can’t wait until the next meeting, what can I do?
Send in your application form and explain why it is an emergency for you.  We will let you know if we can make a decision before our next meeting.

I’m leaving care and my leaving care grant isn’t enough. Can I apply?
Yes.  We have funded washing machines, fridges, freezers, beds, furniture, bedding, sofas, carpets and curtains!  But please do let us know who much your Leaving Care Grant was and how you have spent it.

Will you pay for renovating or redecorating my rented accommodation? Unlikely. Normally we would expect the landlord to have responsibility for this.
 
Will you pay for my travel expenses to get to college? Unlikely as we do not pay recurring costs.

I need a camera for my course at college.  Would you buy me one?
Yes.  We can buy you stuff you need at college or for starting work eg protective clothing or tools. 

I’m a foster carer and care for a disabled child.  Would you buy specialist software for our computer?
Yes.  We want to help young people in care attain their full potential.

I’m a foster carer.  I think the child I care for would really benefit from a holiday.  Would you pay for that?
It all depends.  We would consider paying for an adventure or activity holiday, such as, Tall Ships or with PGL.  We have also paid part of the cost of an overseas holiday to meet birth family.  But we will only fund a holiday where it is clearly additional to what we would expect a foster carer to pay for.  

I’ve built up some debts which mean I cannot move into more suitable accommodation.  Can you help? Possibly. Tell us how the debts came about and what you are doing to reduce them. We may make a contribution where it is clear that it will help you move on with your life.

I really want to learn to drive.  Will you pay for that?
This is a bit tricky.  We don’t want to pay for driving lessons and then discover that you can’t afford the insurance on a car, don’t have a car and so don’t use your new found skill.  So, if you apply for driving lessons, let us know how you are going to be able to afford a car and its insurance.  If you do not tell us this information we are unlikely to give you the money.

I don’t have my own computer.  Will you buy me one?
This is another tricky one.  Yes, we will buy you your own laptop if you are at university.  If you aren’t at university our expectation is that your foster carer/college will have a computer which you can use.  If they don’t, then explain this on the application form.  Also consider whether a Chromebook would meet your needs.  Chromebooks are cheaper and so if we buy you a Chromebook rather than a conventional laptop it means we have more money to help someone else.

I’m a social worker.  Can I apply for money to pay for drama lessons for one of my young people in care?
Yes.  Over the years, we’ve bought drama lessons, musical instruments, sports kits, gym membership, bikes. 

Is there anything you won’t fund?
We are here to fund extras.  We do not fund things which are the responsibility of the local authority, fostering agency or carer.

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