Grants to Individuals; How to apply
Applications for financial support for individuals or families in severe hardship are accepted from any formally constituted local group (such as a community centre or tenants’ association), departments/units of Camden Council or the health service, housing associations, advice agencies or other voluntary agency where the individual or family is known. The application requires detailed information about the circumstances of the person/family in need, including their finances, and the applying body must be willing to receive and account for any grant offered.
The Trust does not accept applications directly from the individuals needing help.
Applications may be made by letter or (preferably) on the Trust’s application form. These applications can be submitted at any time and the Trust hopes to provide an answer within one month of receiving a completed application.
Details required to be included with an application
Applicants by letter will only be accepted if they include the following details.
- Client’s name, age (preferably date of birth) and occupation.
- Details of ages and occupations of other household members.
- Address and telephone number.
- The support needed and a brief explanation of the reasons why it is needed.
- Type of accommodation, e.g. Council, private rented, sheltered housing, hostel.
- Whether applying for help to other agencies or charities and the result of such applications.
- The result of any application to Camden Council’s local welfare assistance.
- Household income, including details of the source of the income.
- Whether the household has savings, and why they cannot be used.
The application will be strengthened if details are given of the financial effects of disability on any member of the household.
Grants to individuals, whether one-off payments or pensions, can be made only to residents of our area of benefit. (see map). We do not make grants towards the payment of taxes, including council tax, nor the payment of fines and we do not offer assistance with course or school fees.
Grants are not normally made to individuals applying directly to the Trust unless they are Trust pensioners, visited by the Trust’s Case Worker.
The Individual/Family Support Application Form can be downloaded here
Kitchen and Home Starter Packs
A limited number of packs are available for young people on state benefits setting up home for the first time in the Trust’s area of benefit. Contact the Trust office for further information.
A limited number of Christmas hampers are available for pensioners and refugee and homeless families. Contact the Trust office for further information.
The Trust can helpsome older people in severe need with a regular addition to their income in the form of a charitable pension, currently £18 per week, (a level which should not affect entitlement to most state benefits unless other regular charitable payments, war pensions etc. are received). The Trust staff can advise on this if necessary.
- Residence in the Trust’s area of benefit. Grants to individuals, whether one-off payments or pensions, can only be made to residents of our area of benefit. (see map). An applicant must have lived in the area for a reasonable period.
- At least 65 years of age. If the individual has a disability we can consider supporting people from 60 years of age and, in cases of severe disability, people who are younger than this.
- Applicants should be living independently and not in institutional care, i.e. they should live in a home they own or rent. Applicants are not normally considered for a pension if they are cared for and supported financially by people living with them unless the people in question are on Income Support or themselves have exceptional needs. The pension normally ceases if the pensioner enters long residential social or hospital care.
- Applicants income should be at the Income Support level or they should have exceptional needs which substantially reduce their disposable income for food and clothing. Disabled Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Mobility Allowance will be counted as income but if these are actually spent on buying in help and mobility, the applicant may still be eligible.
- Savings should not be over £6,000.
- The applicant has some sort of essential need that makes him/her worse off than other people who have the same income, e.g. exceptional heating costs (either on health grounds, or because their home is draughty, high ceilinged or otherwise difficult to heat); a special diet; or mobility problems that prevent them using public transport.
The Trust staff will always be willing to discuss specific circumstances and advise whether an applicant can be considered.
How to apply
Applications are accepted on behalf of potential pensioners from staff or volunteers in any formally constituted local group (such as a community centre or tenants association), departments/units of Camden Council or the health service, a housing association or advice agency or other voluntary agency where the individual is known. When the Trust receives a pension application, an assessment visit is made by the Trust’s case worker and eligible applicants are then considered by a sub-committee of the Trustees.
The Trust Pension Application Form can be downloaded here